Tag: Proposal 3 (2014)

Who could be against “smart schools”? The unsurprising answer: not nearly enough New Yorkers to defeat Proposal 3 on yesterday’s statewide ballot, which authorizes $2 billion in state borrowing to finance local school district purchases of computers and other classroom technology; expand schools’ high-speed and wireless Internet capacity; install “high-tech security features”; and build new classrooms for pre-kindergarten programs. Read More

Proposition 3 would allow the state to borrow $2 billion for educational technology. It is supported by Cuomo and the teacher’s union. The Empire Center, a conservative think tank, has called it a “blank check” to the state’s education bureaucracy. Read More

Dr. Amy Perry-DelCorvo, CEO of NYSCATE (NYS Association for Computers and Technologies in Education), and E.J. McMahon, senior fellow for Tax and Budgetary Studies at the Manhattan Institute and president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, debate the merits of New York’s ballot proposal #3, a bond act to fund technology for schools. Read More

The debt this $2 billion bond will create is no small amount in the annual budget. E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, puts the total at roughly $130 million per year, but that figure could change drastically depending on how long the note is for. Read More

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