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Grant to help Kentucky schools implement the Common Core State Standards

In an effort to better prepare students for college and their professional careers, Kentucky adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on February 10, 2010, according to the initiative's website.

However, for many school districts, replacing their current curricula with the CCSS can be costly. Fortunately, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is providing assistance to 12 districts through an $8.8 million "integration grant," the Lexington Herald Leader reported.

Each of the 12 school districts will share the money and apply it toward the cost of CCSS-compatible materials as well as other steps the institutions need to take in order to improve the quality of their instruction, according to the news source. Terry Holiday, the Kentucky Education Commissioner, said that the dozen school districts who received the grant money will serve as models for other institutions across the state.

"It couldn't come at a more opportune time," Lu Young, superintendent for Jessamine County, said of the grant, as quoted by the news outlet. "Professional development funding from the state has dwindled down to almost nothing, so these private-sector grants are helping us keep good teacher training going."