by Michael Maharrey, Activist Post:
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 29, 2020) – The New York State Education Department has blocked schools from using a state funding mechanism to purchase facial recognition systems.
According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Lockport City School District purchased a facial recognition system using state funds allocated through the Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA). This program set aside $2 billion to “improve learning and opportunity for students” throughout New York. In an unannounced move, the education department changed SSBA application requirements specifically barring funds for the purchase of facial recognition technology.