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GE Foundation president is passionate about the Common Core

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012 15:08 PM

The GE Foundation cares about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It also cares about Pennsylvania's Erie School District, which is one of several recipients that have received funding through the Foundation's Developing Futures in Education program.

According to the Foundation's website, the Erie School District received a five-year grant worth $15 million. The money is being used to help District officials raise students' scores and comprehension of math and science subjects and promote interest in earning a college degree.

Bob Corcoran, the president of the Foundation, recently visited Erie to see how students in the city's School District were doing, the Erie Times-News reported. Since the school system began to receive funding, it has managed to introduce more opportunities for hands-on and inquiry-based learning, as well as hire 10 new teachers.

While in town, Corcoran also met with local educators and business leaders to talk about the importance of the CCSS, which he referred to as "world class." Overall, Corcoran was impressed by the level of support he witnessed for the new Standards.

"The group from the Erie business community that was [at the conference] decided not to have lunch with everyone else," Corcoran told the news source. "Instead they took their food into another room and immediately started talking about how they can make this a reality."