(January 21, 2017)
"Under a plan unveiled last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, such programs would expand to at least 10 other schools next year thanks to an extra
$5.3 million in state funds.
By the 2019-20 school year, the last year of the first cohort's grant period, P-Tech will have cost the state nearly $42 million. And that's just for one cohort."
""In some ways it would almost be better not to enroll another cohort if you're not sure the funding will last, because you don't want to promise kids something and then take it away halfway through," said Watson. "It is a very expensive program. It's a college degree for every student. That's a significant investment. There's no doubt about it.""
"At first, Laboy did not like the P-Tech program... For starters, it was hard. Teachers granted him more independence than he was used to. They didn't chase him down to hand in his work on time. And they focused much more on collaborative, hands-on learning. He couldn't just sit back and wait for them to teach him. He had to work with other classmates on "real-life" projects, and then present on what they had learned. "I really like it now," he said." (student experience)