State announced $662 million disbursed to school districts for "Common Core Standards"

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Schools opened for the year receiving $622 million in new state funding to support the shift to the Common Core academic standards, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

School districts can decide for themselves how to use their share of the funds to train teachers, buy new materials, and purchase technology to help schools adapt to the new Common Core State Standards.

CCSS are designed, state officials said, to provide all students with the deeper learning, critical thinking, and other skills they need to prepare for college and a career.

"We're challenging every part of our education system to remodel itself, and, step by step, give students the tools to achieve their dreams," Torlakson said.

The funding release represents the first half of $1.25 billion allocated for this purpose, which was included in the state budget by Governor Brown and the Legislature at Torlakson's urging.

The second half of the funding will be released in October. The total amounts to $200 per student, state officials said.

A list of funding is available on the California Department of Education Web site: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/

California adopted the new standards-which outline what students will be expected to know and be able to do at each grade level-back in 2010.

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