President Obama Shouts Out To P-Tech in State of the Union 2013

Rashid Ferrod Davis (M.S. Ed. in Administration and Supervision ’03) is the founding principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech), a new “turnaround” institution for grades 9 through 14 focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with partners including the New York City Department of Education, the New York City College of Technology, The City University of New York’s Early College Initiative, and IBM. 

In President Obama’s State of the Union Address on February 13th, 2013, he acknowledged the important work that P-Tech and other schools that follow its innovative educational model are doing when he stated:  

“Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.”

Davis’ article in the WNYC SchoolBook following the speech, entitled “Obama’s Shout Out To P-Tech Highlights Associate Degree Model,” discusses the President’s comments and his own hopes for the future of American education.
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