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GE Foundation makes an $18 million commitment to the Common Core

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2012 17:37 PM

While the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative has its fair share of detractors, the General Electric (GE) Foundation does not number among them. The philanthropic arm of GE recently announced that it will provide the nonprofit Student Achievement Partners with an $18 million grant to help support the organization’s implementation efforts.

Student Achievement Partners participated in the CCSS development process. Through this four-year grant, the organization will be able to provide assistance to teachers across the country as they transition to the new Standards. Overall, the GE Foundation’s investment represents the largest corporate commitment to the CCSS to date.

"Our economy is facing an undeniable challenge - good paying jobs are going unfilled because U.S. workers don’t have the skills to fill the positions," said Robert Corcoran, president and chair of the GE Foundation. "We must cultivate a highly educated workforce and we see the Standards as a key component to answering this challenge."

The $18 million will help fund a variety of different educational efforts. Thanks to the grant, schools will be able to use tools to track implementation and gain free resources to better understand the Standards.