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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00 am

Schools in Galt could receive a combined $1 million to pay for textbooks and teacher development as the state moves closer to putting the Common Core State Standards into place.

Lodi schools will also receive funding, but it is unknown how much. The amount of money, a portion of which is expected to be received this month, is based on the number of students in each district.

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, for example, is projected to receive approximately $730,000 under Assembly Bill 86, while Galt Joint Union High School District could get $365,500, according to a report presented to the school board earlier this week.

Trustees also discussed the implementation plan which calls for roughly $168,500 for new instructional materials, $122,000 for professional development and $75,000 for technology-based learning. The final plan will be approved at a later date following input from staff, as well as school board members, parents and other community members.

The figures are only estimates, according to the state Department of Education.

Lodi Unified School District officials do not yet have an anticipated figure from the state, but expect to by the end of the month, according to Chief Business Officer Tim Hern.

As far as the plan to implement the new standards, he said, it will take a while before it is presented to the board of trustees for approval, as staff is still assessing the district’s needs within the language of the legislation.

State officials believe the Common Core State Standards will provide a consistent and clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know how to help them.

The curriculum transition is expected to be completed by next school year.

The Common Core State Standards are designed to be relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills young people need to succeed in college and beyond, according to the state Department of Education.

Forty-five states have already adopted them. For more information visit, www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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