NY Schools Get $87M in Vouchers for Tech Purchases

MO' MONEY NO PROBLEM: Some rare, good news involving public schools and money. New York schools serving low-income students will have over $87 million to spend on new technology and software. The Feb. 12 announcement by the state education commissioner, John B. King Jr., applies to public and charter schools where the majority of the students are on free or reduced price meals. Half of the technology vouchers are eligible for hardware, with the other half for software, as part of a plan to "facilitate the transition to computer-based testing." GothamSchools breaks this down to 1,878 schools (over 1,000 in NYC) and approximately $67 per student. The press release adds that this funding is part of a 2006 anti-trust settlement reached between New York State consumers and Microsoft.

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