During an interview that aired Monday night on NY1, Errol Louis asked new state education commissioner MaryEllen Elia why it seemed so difficult to replicate school programs and systems that work well. In her response, Elia touted the P-TECH program as a great example of effective replication.
The P-TECH school in Brooklyn — which is a collaboration between IBM, New York City Department of Education, City University of New York and City Tech—serves as the model for the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH) program, which includes 26 schools (grade 9-14) across the state.
The expanding NYS P-TECH program also includes seven yet-to-be-announced partnerships whose schools will open their doors in September 2016.
The Business Council strongly supports the early college high school model, and has been instrumental in recruiting employers from around the state to partner with community colleges and school districts to collaborate on P-TECH’s innovative, STEM-focused career schools.
Watch Commissioner MaryEllen Elia’s interview here, NY1 Online: State Education Commissioner Talks School Reform, Common Core & More. (Time Warner Cable login may be required).