Governor Larry Hogan (R) held a press conference on Thursday regarding the expansion of P-Tech, Pathways in Technology Early College High School program through out Maryland.
In an effort to connect the classroom to the real world, Gov. Hogan announced the expansion of P-Tech, a public education model enabling students to earn a high school diploma, a free associate degree in high growth stem fields, and workplace experiences.
Currently, the state has eight public county schools that participate in the program including Montgomery County and Allegany County.
“I really do believe very strongly that every single child in our state deserves an access to a world class education regardless of what neighborhood they grow up in,” said Gov. Hogan.
The partnership connects businesses with community colleges and school systems. The program allow students to earn 60 college credits, an associate degrees while getting their high school diploma. One student said it changes her mindset when it comes to education.
“We have been exposed early to a college atmosphere and that has helped us all advance a bit faster then we would have outside of P-Tech,” said Jamirah Benbow, Junior in P-Tech program.
Hogan also announced that he is putting forward legislation called the P-Tech Opportunity Act of 2019 during the upcoming session of the General Assembly. The bill will lift caps that limit the state to issuing one planning grant per school system.
Currently, the legislation will not allow any additional schools until the 2016 – 2017 cohort of students that graduate in six years.
Hogan has committed to $300,000 in his upcoming budget. That grant money could fund three programs to schools in the state.
Hogan also spoke about the Kirwan Commission, a state commission that is tasked with reviewing state’s formulas and making polices to legislators when it comes to education. They announced on Wednesday that they would like to extend for another year to figure out funding for schools.
Hogan responded during the press conference saying said that he thinks the commission will have great ideas, but he has been waiting two years for a report to come out fom the commission.
Hogan said they anxiously awaiting to see how what they can come up with for funding.