Hochul Announces Money For School Technology And Security Enhancements


ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul has approved 51 Smart Schools Investment Plans focused on reimagining education.

The approved plans, totaling $24.8 million are part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, a sweeping education technology program.

“In an era of remote learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we increase our focus and vigilance on public safety, this state funding is more timely and critical than ever,” Governor Hochul said. “These actions by the Smart Schools Review Board help ensure that students have the tools and technology they need for safe and effective learning, whether in schools or at home.”

The plans approved by the Board were submitted by 45 school districts and two special education schools.

Projects include $14.5 million for classroom technology, $7.8 million for high-tech security, and $2.5 million for school connectivity.

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.


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