Administration falls silent on Common Core
In spite of persistent attempts to follow the money that has been allocated to Madera Unified by the state to put its new curriculum in place, the district’s top administrators remain closed mouthed on how they are going to use the $3.8 million to implement the new standards.
On Sept. 3, state schools chief Tom Torlakson announced that “Schools opened for the year receiving $622 million in new state funding to support the shift to the Common Core academic standards.” Madera Unified’s share of that was $3.8 million.
Torlakson said that school districts could decide for themselves how to use their share of the funds to train teachers, buy new materials, and purchase technology to help schools switch from the old curriculum to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Torlakson went on to say, “At the Department of Education, we worked hard to honor the commitment to get these funds to school districts as quickly as possible. Welcome back to school, California — let’s show the world what we can do.” ...