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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help with common core transition

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 16:47 PM

As more school districts look to adopt the common core state standards, various educators are wondering what to change in their curriculum. Additionally, some schools do not have the monetary means to support these changes, which is why a few organizations are stepping in to smooth the process.

For example, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced that it will offer grants totaling more than $20 million to expand learning resources that will help classrooms adapt to the common core state standards.

Those who work for the foundation say that they have been listening to academic administrators about some of the issues in the school system today.

"Teachers are telling us what they want, and we are listening," said Vicki L. Phillips, director of education for College Ready at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. "We believe these exciting world-class tools have the potential to fundamentally change the way students and teachers interact in the classroom, and ultimately, how education works in America."