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The Call Blog: President Obama Visits School In Brooklyn; Mayoral Candidates Discuss Education

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These kind of schools are key in preparing our children for science and math careers and to be competitive with students in other countries. But, we can't do it at the sake of sacrificing the rest of the public schools. Look, a good school is a good school and at the day, the next administration should focus on ensuring all public school students have a good education - not just those in charters and specialized schools.

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President Obama visited an experimental school in Brooklyn today to praise it as a successful model of a new way to educate students. President Obama was joined by Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights.

The school, known as P-Tech, uses a public-private partnership with IBM. Students attend classes for six years from grades 9-14, then graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering. After graduation, they have an inside track at employment at IBM.

The high-profile visit led to a discussion about education on the mayoral campaign trail today. Republican candidate Joe Lhota focused on charter schools and criticized de Blasio's "anti-school choice positions." Lhota favors expanding charters, while his Democratic opponent wants to cap the current number to focus on improving traditional public schools. What do you say?

What's your reaction to President Obama's visit to P-Tech in Brooklyn? Do you support public-private partnerships that focus on getting students jobs after graduation? Do you want the next mayor to expand charter schools or focus on traditional public schools?

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P-Tech is interesting. No grads yet, so we will see how it goes. (Wouldn't it be cool if dignitaries also visited and touted successful regular public schools? Ones with no corporate ties or tech themes or charter connections?? When do they ever? )

P-Tech IS about as far as I would want the city to intertwine itself with corporations. I do NOT believe that the infusion of cash and 'ideas' from foundations and big business, aimed toward ill-conceived 'reform', have been at all good for our kids. GatesBroadWalton etc...blech; Murdock/Amplify/inBloom...ugh. They are all buying control and are steering things toward what is good for business and not for kids' educations.

I wonder if all those back-patters at P-Tech today looked around elsewhere in the building to see the radically diminished educational experience of the seniors remaining at the co-located Robeson HS, which was closed by Bloomberg and left to shrivel on the vine until all the kids graduated. SO sad and so indicative of this administration's lack of support of struggling schools (and, in some cases, of destruction knowingly caused by the city's enrollment tactics). That is a big chunk of Bloomberg's education legacy.

The next mayor needs to put the brakes on charter expansion and support traditional public schools to make them the pride of every neighborhood, available every eligible kid who wants a seat. Themed magnet schools are a fine addition, but no kid should be without a solid, guaranteed local seat.

Anni
Manhattan



I'm glad President Obama did visit P-tech IBM have faith in the students now the atudents need to show the executives at IBM they can do the job if Diblasio becomes our next mayor he should open more schools like P-tech because some students need to be motivated to attend schools like P-tech and get a great job like IBM. they're parents need to get behind them and make sure they hit the books not the video games Ptech gives all students a chance to get a good education

Herman
Upper West Side



If elected mayor, Joe Lhota will continue the educational policies of Bloomberg, which gave higher priority and resources to charters, and destroying public schools by shuttering them instead of fixing them.

Felix
Bay Ridge



To me this was a photo op, a campaign stop, and a show and tell of the Democrats
once again plus Bloomberg is trying every way to add to a legacy where in my
estimation he will have none at all.

They are promoting pre-school education and of course we as always the same
tax paying New Yorkers will pay. [AS ALWAYS THESE POLITICIANS ARE BIG SPORTS
WITH OUR MONEY]

Why ask this question when we know that Bloomberg made a mess of this education
system in New York.

This Bloomberg does as he pleases. He gave Cory Booker 1mil and gave Terry McAuliffe
2mil and I would like to know why. He could have used some of that money in the state of New York.

But then again who are we to even speak or be spoken to when all we do is just keep
shelling out the money time after time.

All of these charter schools that are running in the red get subsidized by our tax dollars.

AND SO IT GOES AND WHERE IT GOES NOBODY KNOWS!!!!!!

Maxxiee
Morris Park


Sounds like this is the beginnings of factories creating employees for huge corporations. I guess this is the only way we can control the amount of people in this world. Mass education for a common end result: factory workers.

Ari
West Chelsea



Schools should be removed from government control. They should be totally private with costs paid by the parents, not dependent on taxation and not a victim of the maneuverings of political hacks.

Joe
Port Richmond



The next mayor needs to focus on traditional public schools where the majority of students - students of all types and abilities attend. The next mayor needs to throw all his education money into "fixing" the problems at the public schools, not opening charter schools that choose who they accept and who drain the educational funds that should be pushed solely to the public schools.

Our only chance at saving public school education in this City is through DiBlasio. Lhota will just destroy it.

Jessica
Arden Heights



This is what a Charter School should be. Great move IBM. Every large industry and company should have Charter Schools like this. It's priceless, what IBM is doing to groom it's future work force. But, I still think Charter Schools should only be privately funded. It's obscene to strip Public School money from Public School children. On top of that, to allow these carpetbaggers to become squatters in Public School classrooms is an insult to tax payers who want to send their children to private school. It's an even greater insult to our Public School Children that have to witness this class warfare and rip off every day.

Ivan
Brooklyn



In June, 2010, Hostos Community College graduated the first group of students who were part of their "Early College High School" initiative. These students started in the 6th grade & graduated in 2010 with both a high school diploma & an Associates Degree from Hostos Community College. No fanfare, no Presidential visit but a wonderful opportunity for kids from the South Bronx. Thought your audience might like to know that the Pathways program was not the first.

Dolores
Hostos Community College



I wholeheartedly support this type of school for Today's Youth. Students today, (especially minorities) are going to need more than the "basic academics" to land a good job. Companies are now looking for candidates with IT Skills, science, and mathematics. To top it off, if the school partners with a company like an IBM, well then that will be the icing on the cake. In today's job market, if you don't know someone who can get you in the door then prospects of landing a "Great Job" is that much Harder, and close to impossible.

Theresa
Upper West Side



I think we need more schools like p-tech that prepare our kids for the corporate world. It makes our kids work towards a goal knowing they have something to look forward to, plus they'll be ready. They had something like that years ago where u could work one week and go to school one week if your grades were where they should be. I think its great, we need more!

Teddy



What sort of society are we that will not educate our children equally?

Why is it that my public tax dollars are being used with private funding, with no oversight, and further diminishing the resources for traditional public schools?

A great school, is a great school, if the focus is to make it one...period

k
Harlem



This is union busting, pure and simple. A Bloomberg hallmark.
Education is a basic human right, and we pay taxes to support it.
To eschew teachers and other students in this way is barbaric.
These politicians should all be ashamed of themselves, especially Mr. Obama and Mr. DeBlasio.

Louis
New York



WHEN I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL OVER FORTY YEARS AGO THERE WERE VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS. THESE SCHOOLS PROVIDED STUDENTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN A TRADE OR TECHNICAL SKILL WITHIN THE TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM & PROVIDED A PATHWAY FOR GOOD PAYING JOBS AFTER GRADUATION.
THIS PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AT P-TECH IS A FAIRLY NEW CONCEPT & HAS ONLY BEEN EXISTENCE SINCE 2011. LET'S GIVE IT SOME TIME & SEE IF BRINGS ABOUT ITS DESIRED RESULT. PUBLIC-PRIVATE ENTERPRISES ARE NOT ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL. LET US NOT FORGET THE CITY-TIME SCANDAL, THE FAILURES IN THE UPGRADE OF THE 911 RESPONSE SYSTEM & THE RECENT REPORTS OF THE MAYOR'S BELOVED CITI-BIKE SHARE PROGRAM LOSING MONEY.

FELIX
RICHMOND HILL



This is about Charter Schools! I think it's the best thing that ever hit our Community.
I my Parents my Children 3 Generations of Public Schools. They have done nothing For years. I am a middle Age Women no School age Children but watch the Operation Everyday of the way the Teachers & the Children Perform in the different schools.

Charter schools make Public School look Bad. Also what Parent don't want the best for their Children just because you cant afford private Schools don't mean we have to settle for what the System think we deserve. Now there is room for both schools just Do what is best for the Children. Charter Schools will save our Children in the long run.
They have made a difference in how Parent & Children intertwine with each other That makes a lot of Young Mothers be more involve in their Children Life.
NOW Bill you are Doing O.K. Don't come in here being a Dictator.
Help Don't HARM the Kids. Do what You can to make Public Schools Better for those that are not on Charter School Levels. A Mind is to Great to Waste on Jealousy!
Let's Support Anything that is making someone's Life Better!!!

R. P. Johnson

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