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Grants could help ease transition to the Common Core State Standards
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012 15:10 PM

For many schools, the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will also mean the purchase of textbooks and other classroom resources that are aligned with the CCSS.

As a result, several educational publishing companies, such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson Education, have begun producing CCSS-aligned learning materials. According to Pearson’s website, the organization has developed a number of Standards-compatible products related to K-12 math and literacy instruction, as well as professional development.

However, with school budgets being what they are, many institutions may be looking for ways to update their classroom materials without reducing their budget to the point where the quality of learning will suffer.

Fortunately, some educators are receiving grants to help them through the CCSS implementation process. For instance, three grants were recently awarded to Missouri teachers during the Cassville Community Teachers’ Association banquet, the Cassville Democrat reported. In total, $1,467.94 was given out through the Cassville Education Fund.

Of the funding that was dispensed, the largest amount - $650 - will go toward the purchase of new science textbooks.

"I wish we had more money so we would have more to give," Mary Cupps, chairperson of the Education Fund, told the news source.