By Ian Hanigan
The Board of Education on Tuesday discussed a plan to use $5.8 million in new state funding for the implementation of the California Common Core instructional standards.
The Common Core standards are part of a national movement to promote learning on a much deeper level, with a shift toward critical thinking, creativity, articulating positions and collaboration. To assist California’s schools with this very significant transition, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation over the summer earmarking $1.25 billion, or approximately $200 per student, to support the integration.
Note that there are specific rules on how these dollars must be spent, and there are also a number of accountability measures, including a requirement that districts hold public meetings to explain and adopt their proposals.
On Tuesday night, Assistant Superintendent Cassie Parham shared a staff recommendation that would allocate approximately $2.4 million for comprehensive professional training to grow the base of teacher leaders and mentors. Parham said an additional $1.8 million would pay for instructional materials, and about $1.6 million would pay for technology upgrades to aid the implementation and enable computer-based student assessments.
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