News and Speeches

Statement by New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott on President Obama’s Announcement of a $100 Million Initiative to Overhaul High Schools Nationwide

11/19/2013

“I want to applaud President Obama for his announcement today of a $100 million initiative that will allow innovative high school models like Brooklyn's P-TECH to expand nationally. It is an extraordinary validation of New York City’s groundbreaking efforts to expand college and career opportunities for students entering the 21st century job market.

“Throughout the year – from a mention in the 2013 State of the Union Address to last month’s visit to P-TECH – the White House has continued to magnify our efforts to double down on this innovative model. New York City has been a pioneer in the creation of new Early College and Career, 9-14 high schools, with three already open and three more slated to open next fall. The announcement today makes clear the President wants other urban school systems across the country to follow our example.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank all of our current higher education and industry partners in this work, such as CUNY, IBM, Con Edison, National Grid, Montefiore Medical Center, Microsoft, SAP, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Deutsch Inc., Omnicom Media Group, and the Partnership for New York City.”