- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been appointed to advise New York on how to spend a proposed $2 billion for technology upgrades in schools.

Schmidt will serve join the state’s Smart Schools Commission along with Auburn school superintendent Constance Evelyn and Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Children’s Zone, a non-profit organization that provides education and support to children and their families.

If approved by voters in November, the funds from the “Smart School Bond Act” will be used to improve high-speed broadband Internet and other technology in schools statewide.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the members of the commission Thursday. The Smart School Bond Act was included in the recently approved state budget.