Tech bond, pre-K top NY gov's 2014 education plans

Posted at: 01/08/2014 5:19 PM
Updated at: 01/08/2014 9:33 PM
By: AP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A $2 billion investment in classroom technology and expanding pre-kindergarten to all New York districts top Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education to-do list for 2014.

Cuomo outlined the proposals during his annual State of the State address in Albany Wednesday.

The governor proposed putting a $2 billion "Smart Schools" bond referendum before voters to pay for things like tablets and Internet connectivity.

Cuomo also wants to establish a teacher excellence fund that would pay bonuses of up to $20,000 to teachers receiving top marks under the state's teacher evaluation system.

Also on the agenda, providing the top 10 percent of high school graduates with full scholarships to any public state university if they pursue a math or science career and agree to work in New York state for five years.

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