Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to ask voters to green-light a $2 billion bond act, with the money earmarked for upgrading technology across public school districts in New York.
During his fourth State of the State address Wednesday, Cuomo unveiled his “Smart Schools Initiative,” would would seek voter approval to borrow money to purchase tablets and computers for school districts in need, along with wireless Internet upgrades and other technology upgrades.
“We must transform our classrooms from the classrooms of yesterday to the classrooms of tomorrow,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said there would be strict eligibility requirements and districts would have to submit a plan to the state before receiving any funds.
The bond proposal headlined the education section of Cuomo’s address, which also included a call for universal pre-kindergarten across upstate.
In his written State of the State message, Cuomo also proposed a plan to cover SUNY or CUNY tuition for any student who graduates in the top 10 percent of their high school class and majors in a science, technology, engineering or math field and agree to work in New York for five years.