New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the approval of 48 Smart Schools Investment Plans focused on reimagining education in an evolving age and boosting school security. The approved plans, totaling $13.2 million, are part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, a sweeping education technology program established in 2014.
“Investing in our children’s education is critical to not only building foundations for individual success, but ensuring our future leaders are prepared to guide New York forward,” said Hochul. “The Smart Schools Bond Act supports schools across New York State in that effort by providing students with a safe, secure, and enlightening environment.”
The Smart Schools Review Board recently met for the 20th time to consider investment plans submitted by school districts and special education schools. The board is composed of the New York State Budget Director, the Chancellor of the State University of New York, and the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department.
The plans approved by the board were submitted by 45 school districts and one special education school. Projects include $7.9 million for high-tech security, $4.7 million for classroom technology, $356,000 for school connectivity, and $275,000 for nonpublic schools’ classroom technology and school connectivity. A summary of the plans is available here.
The investments authorized by the board aid in modernizing classrooms and school security statewide.
High-tech security tools supported by the Smart Schools Bond Act include entry control systems, video systems, and emergency classroom notification systems. These upgrades will enhance the safety of New York’s schools, helping to ensure that students are able to learn in a secure environment.
New technology purchases supported by the Smart Schools Bond Act include computer servers, interactive whiteboards, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and high-speed broadband and wireless connectivity. These tools will provide students with a range of different avenues for understanding new information, expand student learning both inside and outside the classroom, and promote parent-teacher communication.