The Race To The Top Begins Again

New York State voters elected to approve Proposition 3 which allows the government to borrow $2 billion dollars to fund its “Smart Schools” initiative.

“This money would be expended on capital projects related to the design, planning, site acquisition, demolition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or acquisition or installation of equipment for the following types of projects:
1.To acquire learning technology equipment or facilities including, but not limited to,
a.Interactive whiteboards,
b.Computer servers, and
c.Desktop, laptop, and tablet computers;
2.To install high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities;
3.To construct, enhance, and modernize educational facilities to accommodate ore-kindergarten programs and provide instructional space
to replace transportable classroom units; and
4.To install high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses.”

No school district shall be entitled to a smart schools grant until such district shall have submitted a smart schools investment plan to the smart schools review board and received such board’s approval of such investment plan. In developing such investment plan, school districts shall consult with parents, teachers, students, community members and other stakeholders. The smart schools review board shall review all smart schools investment plans for compliance with all eligibility criteria and other requirements set forth in the guidelines. The smart schools review board may approve or reject such plans, or may return such plans to the school district for modifications.”

Not every school district will receive funding from this initiative. Not every child in New York State will benefit from attending a “Smart School”. However, those districts receiving “Smart School” funding are required to share their resources with private and charter schools in their district.

This means private and charter school students will be exposed to the technology poor urban school students may not receive because their district failed to meet the requirements of the “Smart Schools” review board and are ineligible to receive funding.

Districts should not have to compete for the money or privilege of providing an excellent education to all of its children.

When we properly educate all of America’s children we will have won the race.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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