Gates Foundation Awards $3 Million to Long Beach Unified School District

The has received a $3 million grant from the to help provide teachers with professional development related to the Common Core State Standards, the reports.

The grant follows a $5 million from the foundation earlier this year in support of LBUSD's efforts to implement the standards, which are designed to ensure that students are college- and career-ready in literacy and mathematics no later than the end of high school. In preparation for full implementation of the Common Core in the 2014-15 school year, the district is working to update its computer labs, boost attendance rates, and lower suspension rates.

As part of its efforts to support implementation of the standards, LBUSD is mentoring ten other school districts in the state on how to merge career technology and learning, district superintendent Chris Steinhauser told the Press-Telegram. In addition, the district's new McBride High School offers students academic pathways that prepare them for careers in the fields of health and medicine, public services and forensics, and engineering.

Nadra Nittle. "." Long Beach Press-Telegram 10/16/2013.