The state budget signed by Governor Brown at the end of June 2013 included $1.25 billion in one-time funding to help districts implement the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and CA English Language Development Standards.
The language of the trailer bill (a legislative vehicle that accompanies the state budget that describes how budget funds are to be spent) includes all three standards documents. Per the language of AB 86, Section 85 the funds are to be spent in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 and can be used for any of three purposes (specific bill language below for reference):
- Professional development that is aligned to the CCSS, NGSS for California, and/or ELD Standards. This can be provided for teachers, administrators, paraprofessional educators, or other classified employees directly involved in instruction.
- Instructional materials aligned to the CCSS, NGSS for California, and/or ELD Standards.
- Integrating the CCSS/NGSS through technology-based instruction, such as expenses relating to support of computer-based assessment (e.g. high-speed internet connection, etc.
We are encouraged by this support from the state as it is important for our BaySci districts who are already on the forefront of this movement!