The state’s Education Conference Board says now that the economy is improving and the state has a multi billion dollar surplus, it’s time to end years of what they say is under spending on New York’s schools.
The board is made up of the state’s teachers, school boards, superintendents and the PTA, among others. They agree that school spending must increase significantly in the New Year. Chairman John Yagielski says the groups want $1.9 billion additional dollars for the 2015-16 school year.
The November 4 ballot includes an amendment to borrow $2 billion dollars to buy new technology for school children, like iPads and other tablets. Fiscal watchdogs are against it, and the education community has been lukewarm. But with one week left to go before voting day, Governor Cuomo who came up with the idea, has finally started to push for it.
The November ballot includes a proposal for the state to borrow $2 billion dollars to spend on technology for school children, like computer tables. A fiscal watchdog group says it’s not a good way to finance the purchase of iPads.
The bond act would give New York State permission to borrow $2 billion dollars, primarily to invest in new technology for students in elementary and secondary schools, including iPads and other tablets. It would also include money for building more classrooms for expanded pre-kindergarten.
STEM education is becoming an increasingly important part of children’s lives, in some countries concepts like programming and coding are being taught alongside traditional subjects like reading, writing and mathematics. In this program we look at how some companies are using toy robots and games to teach this important skill.