August 5, 2016
By Stephanie West
Albany, NY – New York State's commitment to education has included funding 30 Smart Schools with a cost of $39 million. The project is covered under a $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act. The initiative supports investments in student education technology designed to close the digital divide.
"Through the Smart Schools Bond Act, we are ensuring that all New York students have access to high-speed internet and new technology, regardless of their zip code," Governor Cuomo said. "The tools and resources schools will be able to attain with this funding will help equip the next generation of New Yorkers to lead this state into the future."
The Smart Schools funding initiative is an important step toward making sure schools across New York have the technology infrastructure to educate 21st century learners. These funds are being used in districts right now to make sure that our students have what they need to prepare for their futures.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, "Our ongoing investment in Smart Schools equips our schools with the resources and tools needed to educate our students. The financial support provided will boost our students’ abilities to succeed in the classroom, in their future careers, and in life.