In the Bay Area, Alameda County schools and districts will receive nearly $34.5 million total, Contra Costa County will get about $44.2 million, San Mateo County will receive about $18.8 million and Santa Clara County will reap nearly $55 million.
The money, which amounts to about $200 per student, can be spent to train teachers, buy instructional materials or purchase technology for testing the new Common Core standards, which will be administered on computers. The first half of the funding was distributed in September, and the second half -- or about $622 million -- was sent out Tuesday.
Nia Raschidchi, assistant superintendent for educational services in the West Contra Costa district, said a Common Core implementation working group of teachers and administrators is coming up with recommendations for spending its $5.9 million.
"When we first learned there was actually going to be money to implement the Common Core, that was really exciting," she said. "We're spending the bulk of our dollars on our teachers and giving them the professional development they've asked for."
Similarly, Stephen Fiss, superintendent of the Alum Rock district in San Jose, said the district's approximately $2.4 million is being earmarked for staff training and instructional materials that are aligned to the Common Core.
The Legislature set aside the money to help schools transition to rigorous instructional standards that have been adopted in California and 45 other states to better prepare students for college and careers. A list of funding by district is available by visiting www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r14/commoncore13result.asp.