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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