New York State Education Commissioner, John B. King Jr., made the announcement earlier this week that, due to a settlement agreement with Microsoft, over $87 million have been made available for New York State schools. Fund vouchers will be allocated to eligible schools through the New York State School Technology Voucher program, and are to be used to invest in new technologies and resources for high-need schools. The focus of the program is to “support schools in their efforts to close the gap in their readiness for computer-based testing (CBT) and overall integration of technology in classroom teaching and learning.”
The NYS Education Department has created a web page for the New York State School Technology Voucher Program (NYS-STVP) detailing the guidelines, pre-requisites, and application process. According to the site, all successfully completed applications will be funded.
The online voucher claim system is currently under development and is expected to be available in April. Before an application to the program is submitted, schools are required to identify a point-of-contact with the NYSED and complete the Technology Readiness Tool (TRT).
Here is the eligibility criteria from the NYSED website:
For a public or charter school to be eligible to receive an allotment of the Cy Pres Funds, it must meet the following criteria:
- Be a public school or charter school serving students in any grades, kindergarten through grade 12.
- Have at least 50 percent or more of its students enrolled in the Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRPL) for the year of 2011-12 (as of March 2012).
For more information on the program, visit the NYSED site, contact me, or contact your Teq rep for help with the application process.
Chris Nelson is the Director of Strategic Alliances at Teq.