Udall, Heinrich Applaud Apple Tech Grants For New Mexico Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) applauded Apple’s announcement that it will provide, through the White House ConnectED initiative, six New Mexico schools with grants to help increase technology in the classrooms.

"For New Mexico's students to succeed in the 21st century, they need 21st century tools," Udall said. "I am excited that Apple is putting these tools in hands of our students and teachers who need them the most. I strongly support these partnerships that provide much-needed investment in the future of our state so that tomorrow's leaders will have the skills they need to move New Mexico forward."

"Fostering an environment where students have the tools to succeed promotes equity, innovation, creativity, and is good for the future of our economy,” Heinrich said. “These investments will yield immeasurable contributions for children and teachers, and will improve learning experiences in the classroom for hundreds of New Mexico students.”  

The six New Mexico schools, located in Valencia and McKinley Counties, are: Ann Perish Elementary School; Los Lunas Elementary School; Tomé Elementary School, Tohatchi Elementary School; Thoreau Middle School; and Tse’ Yi’ Gai High School.

The White House’s ConnectED initiative aims to enrich K-12 education by equipping teachers and students with tech skills and training. Apple partnered with ConnectED to help support schools where at least 96 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-lunch programs.

As Apple ConnectED grant recipients, each school will receive “a comprehensive 1:1 solution for every student and teacher” that includes:

  • iPad for every student
  • Mac and iPad for every teacher and administrator
  • Apple TV for every classroom
  • Apple software to support creativity and productivity
  • Third-party applications and components
  • The school’s pairing with an Apple team dedicated to providing technical support and long-term professional development.

Apple awarded grants to 114 schools in 29 states across the country, totaling $100 million.