Common Core: They're the faces of pro and con
Mark Tucker, left, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, listens to a question from state Rep. Kermit Williams, D-Wilton, at a day-long information session for lawmakers on Common Core education standards. A Maine resident, Tucker is one of the leading advocates for the Common Core. (Dave Solomon / Union Leader)
A week later, on Nov. 4, Sandra Stotsky posted a blog on the conservative Pioneer Institute website titled, "On Marc Tucker's Credibility," in which she wrote: "In October, members of the New Hampshire Legislature heard Marc Tucker tell them more fibs than Pinocchio ever dreamed up. How many legislators will prove to be gullible Geppettos is another matter."
Both Tucker and Stotsky have impressive resumes and a lifetime of accomplishments that would take pages to detail. Tucker has been researching the policies and practices of countries with the best educational outcomes in the world since the 1970s, when he served as associate director of the National Institute of Education. He was appointed by President Clinton to the National Skills Standards Board and has written several books on education reform.
If Stotsky and Tucker represent the two schools of thought on Common Core, they also represent the political divide at the core of the debate.
Tucker, a registered Democrat, was an adviser to the Clinton Administration. His opponents have made much of the fact that the Common Core initiative and Tucker's organization have been funded by the left-leaning Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested $160 million in Common Core and has pledged millions more for advocacy.
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