There are many ways for schools to find funding

Posted on Friday, 4/05/2013 5:00 pm

In the 45 states that have fully adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), some school districts are ready for the changes that await them, while others still have a ways to go. Of course, educators cannot prepare for the rigorous CCSS overnight, and many institutions will require more financial resources if they are to successfully implement them.

Fortunately, there are ways for school officials to receive funding they can put toward the implementation of the CCSS. Through funding from everything from charitable organizations to taxes, educators can cover the costs of new technology, such as tablet computers, interactive whiteboards and software for students.

New England districts receive a helping hand
In the Northeast, 22 school districts applied for a chance to receive educational grants through the Nellie Maw Education Foundation's (NMEF) New Approaches in Urban Districts initiative, according to a press release. Of these applicants, seven districts, which are located in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, were selected to receive more than $3 million in grants.

Each of the seven districts will receive a 20-month grant worth $450,000. Using this money, the recipients will be able to implement changes that will better prepare students for the future.

"We are proud to work with these districts as they strive to shape the future of learning by implementing more personalized and tailored approaches," said Nicholas C. Donohue, the NMEF's president and chief executive officer. "Our hope is that these grants will help these communities reshape educational opportunities to graduate a higher number of students prepared for 21st-century success."

Tennessee educators turn to taxes
The Blount County Schools district is in need of new classroom materials if they are to successfully deliver CCSS-aligned instruction to students, WBIR TV-10 reported. Unfortunately, to do this, the school system is going to need a lot more money.

"We are in great need of some textbooks and some materials that are aligned in the new Common Core State Standards that our students and teachers will be measured on in the future," Rob Britt, Blount County's director of schools, told the news outlet.

To ensure the district receives enough money, many people in Blount County are supporting the creation of a wheel tax that would have motorists pay a small fee for taking their vehicles out on the road.

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