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Governor Cuomo Announces $94 Million NYS School Technology Upgrade

Governor Cuomo Announces $94 Million NYS School Technology Upgrade

The investment will aim to improve school security and reimagine teaching and learning with new technologies.

Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the approval of 148 Smart Schools Investment Plans, totaling $94 million, aimed at improving school security and reimagining teaching and learning. The approved plans are a part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act–an education technology initiative. The plans approved were submitted by 131 school districts and five special education schools, including $52.2 million for classroom technology, $13.7 million for school connectivity, $24.9 million for high-tech security, and $2 million for pre-kindergarten classrooms.  You can view the breakdown of the budget as well as what districts will be receiving what here.

"As the ongoing public health crisis has shown, now more than ever we must do everything possible to help schools modernize their infrastructure and are equipped to keep students up with their studies even when they can't be in the classroom," Governor Cuomo said in a press release. "With this funding, we are helping schools navigate the pandemic while expanding opportunities and providing students with the skills and technology they need to succeed in the 21st century economy."

The Smart Schools Bond Act will allow schools to invest in technology like computer servers, interactive whiteboards, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and high-speed broadband and wireless connectivity. The technology will aim to help students learn at their own pace, expand access to advanced courses and interactive curriculum, and enhance communication between parents and teachers. Investments in high-tech school security support new equipment like emergency notification systems. Investments put toward pre-kindergarten classrooms will be used to ensure that students learn in updated, high-tech spaces. 

"Through the Smart Schools program, we are providing the tools schools need to operate modern classrooms that students can connect with no matter where they are - all the more important as we contend with the ongoing public health crisis. At the same time, new technology will enhance our school security to keep children safe when they are in the building while also positioning our students for success in the 21st century economy,” said Robert F. Mujica, New York state budget director. 

The reopening plans and regulations of schools throughout New York State are constantly changing and developing as experts are presented with new information and guidelines. NYMetroParents is your go-to source for all things 2020-2021 school year-related and will continue to help you make the best decisions possible for your family.


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