In a October 21, 2013 letter to the Commissioner of the NYS Education Department, John B. King, Jr., Smith wrote: "As I surveyed the middle schools in the district that I represent, I was dismayed to find that many schools do not have computers, and IPads are non-existent. Lack of resources result in a huge disadvantage with the technology learning curve. As you submit your budget request to the Governor's Office, I sincerely hope you will include enough resources to allow adequate placement of computer and additional equipment for the middle schools with the district I represent."
Smith later said: "I am happy that my request is in keeping with the needs of the State, and I am excited about the benefits that this new technology will bring to the district."