NYS Smart Schools Bond Act
The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State. The SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program. Additional information regarding the Smart Schools Bond Act can be found on the NYSED website..
All District plans approved by the school board and submitted to the New York State Education Department must meet the required elements including demonstrating students’ needs, minimal speed requirements for internet connectivity, professional development, technical support, and sustainability.