FAIRFIELD — A spending plan for the $4.2 million the state sent the Fairfield-Suisun School District for Common Core will be explained Thursday when school district trustees meet.
The plan will then return to trustees Oct. 24 for a vote.
Laurel Salerno-White, president of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, said she and representatives of groups including the management association for the school district met Sept. 26 about developing a spending plan.
Salerno-White described the meeting as an idea session.
She said the teachers association wants to see a balance in how Fairfield-Suisun spends the $4.2 million so that teachers will be well-prepared for Common Core. Money can be spent on professional development for teachers and others, instructional materials and technology, according to a school district staff report.
Salerno-White said the new state standards represent a return to teaching that emphasizes critical thinking. Because of the emphasis on state tests, she said, students have learned to select A, B or C and fill in a bubble.
“We’ve been teaching them factoids,” the teachers union leader said.
Salerno-White, a teacher since 1984, said she agrees with the description of instruction under Common Core as less “sage on the stage” and more “guide on the side,” but added that such an approach to teaching is not new.
Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees meet at 6 p.m. in Board Room 108 at the school district offices, 2490 Hilborn Road in Fairfield.
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