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Education groups receive funds to implement Common Core State Standards
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 07:07 AM

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently announced the recipients of the 2011 Innovation Fund grants, which totaled $800,000. This money will be used to support union-led projects that implement the Common Core State Standards, create new education systems in urban public schools and find new ways to foster effective teaching.

According to its website, the Common Core State Standards is a national curriculum in mathematics and English language arts. It aims to ensure that students are learning similar topics in the same grades.

Among the local and state AFT affiliates who were given the grant was the Chicago Teachers Union. In Illinois, the grant will be used to find new ways to use the Common Core State Standards to enhance kindergarten through third-grade math, technical education and English language arts, among other subjects.

Another affiliate who received the funding was the Albuquerque Teachers Federation. This New Mexico-based group will create professional development material that will allow teachers of English language learners to use the Common Core State Standards. This project will specifically focus on students in grades one, four and eight.