Money: Common Core needs more, Fairfield schools say

By From page A3 | October 11, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Thanks for $4.2 million – but we need more.

Kris Corey, superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District, and two trustees said Thursday the state funds for Common Core are welcome but inadequate.

“We all know it’s not going to cut it,” Trustee John Silva said.

Trustee Pat Shamansky, reviewing plans to spend the $4.2 million, said of the money: “It isn’t enough for all the needs.” Corey said the district will continue to advocate for more as it put in place new school standards called Common Core. A total of $1.2 billion is allocated statewide for the effort.

Fairfield-Suisun, in a state-required explanation of how its share of money would be spent, said $2.1 million would go toward technology such as computer labs, $1.3 million for instructional materials and $750,000 for professional development of teachers.

A staff presentation to the school board said $22 million was needed for technology and $6.5 million for professional development. The estimated cost of instructional materials was to be determined.

Roxane Jablonski-Liu, director of instructional support services for the district, said professional development for teachers that consists of one-time training doesn’t change habits or build new schools. Instruction must be ongoing, she said.

Shamansky said a video provided as part of a board study session on Common Core said one pitfall is adopting instructional materials without review. She noted a world of people wanting the district to buy material, but said what’s best for students should guide the district.

George Guynn Jr., among speakers during citizen comment, said trustees during a previous study session celebrated the state money provided for Common Core.

“When the money’s gone it’s still going to be the same mediocre results,” he said. “I see nothing but disaster with Common Core.”

“It’s really a shame,” he said.

Trustees are scheduled to vote on the spending plan at their Oct. 24 meeting.

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  • The MisterOctober 11, 2013 - 6:55 am

    Wouldn't it be great if the money for our local schools came from the local people. Then the people would have direction over the education their children receive. When the schools take money from the Feds or Foundations, then the schools dance on those strings attached. Why would the schools take money from outside the community? Because they don't want to be held accountable by the parents and the community? Common Core is the Agenda 21 of education.

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  • MarkOctober 11, 2013 - 11:24 am

    So the state is giving them $4.2 million of taxpayer money for another new educational curriculum. But the district says it needs somewhere around $30 million (22+6.5+?). Now multiply the $1.2 billion times 7 (~ 30/4.2) to see what we need for the entire state (assuming Fairfield's shortfall is average for all school districts)... so about $8.5 billion taxpayer dollars needed to roll out Common Core and lower the educational standards in California. Awesome.

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  • Rich GiddensOctober 11, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Those school officials are a big fat bunch of self serving, self adoring and mutual protecting budget hogs who seemingly only exist to spend spend spend and tax tax tax. The cliche of ''its for the children'' is worn out and is now universally perceived as Marxist and totaltarian.

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  • Danny BuntinOctober 11, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    George Guynn Jr would complain about winning the lottery, if it did not fit his political agenda 100%.

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