Jerry Brown to propose $1 billion for Common Core standards
May 14, 2013
California Governor Jerry Brown will propose today spending $1 billion to implement education standards that 45 states, including California, have adopted. [Sacramento Bee]
The Common Core State Standards will align California’s math and science K-12 curricula with those of 44 other states. In implementing the standards, Brown plans to direct more money to schools districts with high percentages of poor students and English learners.
Common Core is sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers and is supported by the Obama Administration. The initiative is intended to boost standardized test scores across the country, making American students more competitive with their global counterparts. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently donated about $150 million in grants to the Common Core initiative.
Critics say Common Core takes local control away from schools. Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia have not adopted the standards. Indiana adopted Common Core, but halted its implementation over the weekend.
Introduction of the Common Core standards into California schools is scheduled to occur at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
Brown’s proposed funding for Common Core comes as part of a revised budget he is scheduled to release this morning.