On Board Online • May 25, 2015
By Cathy Woodruff
The State Education Department has posted guidance for districts planning to upgrade technology or facilities with Smart Schools Bond Act money, and the department expects to open an online portal for applications by June 15.
SED is responsible for administering funds from the $2 billion borrowing proposition approved by state voters in November 2014. Another $5 million allocated in the 2014-15 state budget for technology purchases also is available to Special Act school districts (state-supported schools for the blind and deaf and private special education schools).
The department staff is developing tools and resources to help districts make decisions about how to spend their Smart Schools allocations, Charles Szuberla, Acting Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education, told the Regents at their May meeting.
To be eligible for funding, school districts are required to link their technology purchase plans to long-range educational plans, Szuberla said. Districts also are required to consult with stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students, community members and non-public schools, in developing their investment plans.Read the entire article>>
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FOR RELEASE: May 20, 2015
New York State voters approved an overwhelming 98.6 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 19, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.
“Today is a good day for public education. School districts put forth budgets that will provide students in their communities with high-quality educational opportunities next year,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “The combination of sound budgeting by school boards and a healthy state aid increase allowed many school districts to restore programs and positions while having a negligible impact on their local tax levies.”
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