Governor Cuomo of New York State just approved $75.6-million in funding for 88 Smart School Investment Plans. The money will help upgrade the way students learn in schools. The money is part of the Smart Schools Bond Act, which the governor introduced in 2014.
Voters seem supportive of these efforts. A total of 242 projects have been approved by a board consisting of the Director of the Budget, the Chancellor of the State University of New York, and the Commissioner of the State Education Department in 2017 alone, with the latest batch coming from over 10 school districts and seven special education schools. Visitors can view the approved plans on the governor’s website. The projects will help kids of all ages, including those as young as Pre-K. Connectivity, classroom technology, and security are among the areas that will see improvements thanks to these plans and the money that the governor has pledged.
Planned projects include $30 million for classroom technology, especially broadband and wireless solutions. The Smart Schools Commission that the governor previously commissioned determined that need was high for those areas. Some of the funds will help to build Pre-K facilities for younger students.
Teachers, administrators, and politicians are aware of how rapidly the world is changing, and how education must keep up to help students prepare for and understand those changes.
Governor Cuomo believes that these updates will modernize the classroom and help students become better prepared for a competitive workforce, one that is increasingly reliant on technology. Without technology, kids might be entering a world for which they are unprepared after graduating.
The meeting that resulted in the approval of these projects was the seventh such meeting by the board. Residents can expect to see more projects submitted by school districts approved as time passes.