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California CCSS implementation process to receive $1 billion boost
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013 09:50 AM

Edmund G. Brown Jr., the governor of California, recently released a revised and balanced state budget, which should make proponents of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) very happy. Education is a big focus of the revised state budget, with $1 billion designated to the implementation of the CCSS, according to a press release from the governor's office.

The $1 billion in one-time revenues will be used to better prepare schools for the transition to the Common Core. Money will fund opportunities for professional development, technological enhancements and the purchase of new CCSS-aligned instructional materials.

As is to be expected, California's education sector is pleased with this news - especially Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction.

"As a teacher, it's heartening to finally see new resources directed to California's schools after so many years of painful cuts," Torlakson said in a statement. "Californians want our schools back on solid financial ground, and Governor Brown's proposal represents another important step in the right direction."

Torlakson is happy to see so much funding go toward training and other steps that will ensure a smooth transition to the new Standards.