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$75.6 million for smart schools in New York

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the approval of 88 Smart Schools Investment Plans aimed at reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century.

The approved plans, totaling $75.6 million, are part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act - a sweeping education technology initiative first proposed by the governor and overwhelmingly approved by voters. The investments authorized today will modernize classrooms across New York and equip students with the skills they need to thrive in the global economy.

The Smart Schools Review Board met for the seventh time to consider investment plans submitted by school districts and special education schools.

The board is comprised of the Director of the Budget, the Chancellor of the State University of New York, and the Commissioner of the State Education Department.

The plans approved today were submitted by 80 school districts and seven special education schools.

Projects include $30.0 million for classroom technology purchases, $27.4 million for school connectivity projects, $17.5 million for high-tech security projects, and approximately $745,000 for prekindergarten classroom construction.

In 2014, Governor Cuomo called for New York State to invest $2 billion in its schools through a Smart Schools Bond Act - an initiative that would finance educational technology and infrastructure, providing students access to the latest technology and connectivity needed to succeed and compete in the 21st century economy.

New Yorkers agreed, as the voters authorized the Smart Schools Bond Act that November.

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