Sure, it’s a much bigger picture then what the title says…but it is still something that bothers me.
20% of New Yorkers just left Prop 3 blank, 30% said No, and a large 50% said Yes.
How these are the results of an election, I can only attribute to people not reading or understanding what they are voting on.
Prop 3 in New York was officially known as the SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014, and included the wants to borrow up to two billion dollars ($2B) in bonds to do the following (from the actual prop):
- To acquire learning technology equipment or facilities including, but not limited to,
- Interactive whiteboards,
- Computer servers, and
- Desktop, laptop, and tablet computers
- To install high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities;
- To construct, enhance, and modernize educational facilities to accommodate pre-kindergarten
programs and provide instructional space to replace transportable classroom units; and
- To install high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses.
Honestly, for how long have we been teaching kids with regular books and pen/paper?
Sure we need to keep up with the times and progress our schools, but with the roads in New York in a state of disarray and with needs to upgrade water filtration processes couldn’t this money be better used?
Are we going to go out now and buy hundreds of iPads for students to use…which will be “old technology” a year from now?
But what were people thinking? I’m sure most of the 20% that left it blank just didn’t see the props…but how many of the 50% didn’t know what they were voting on, and just checked off “Yes”? Or worse, how many people actually knew what they were voting on, and still voted for it…
What a waste of money.
And my part of NY can’t claim to be any better than the rest…just as bad.