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Race to the Top funding to prepare New Jersey schools for the Common Core

THURSDAY, MARCH 01, 2012 17:15 PM

States that are focused on what the U.S. Department of Education’s website refers to as "coherent, compelling and comprehensive education reform," are eligible to receive Race to the Top funding.

This past December, the Department of Education announced that New Jersey was among the states selected to each receive a share of $200 million in Race to the Top Round 3 funding.

Shore News Today recently reported that of the $38 million in funding New Jersey received, approximately $19 million will go toward 12 school districts in the state’s Cape May County. Among the school districts that will benefit are Dennis Township, North Wildwood and Ocean City.

"These funds can be used for a number of purposes that will support student learning such as training teachers on the new teacher evaluation system and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards," said Chris Cerf, acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, as quoted by the news source.

The Common Core State Standards, which are designed to help students acquire the skills they will need in college and beyond, were adopted by New Jersey on June 23, 2010.