On November 4, 2014, voters in New York State approved a measure that would allow the state to borrow up to $2 billion for school technology. This funding could be used to purchase laptop computers, interactive whiteboards, or increase access to high speed internet for students.
The moneywill be shared equitably throughout the state. New York City, which serves over 1 million students, willreceive $780 million. The state’s second largest city,Buffalo, will receive $56 million.
These technological improvements have the potential to greatly impact ELA education throughout the state. Access to more diverse texts, collaborative writingprojects over the internet, and the ability to research and create right from the classroom will giveNew York’s ELA teachers even more tools to help inspire students on a daily basis.