Governor Hogan Signs Legislation Expanding Innovative P-TECH Program
Also Approves Measures to Expand Child Care Tax Credit, Protect and Empower Student Athletes
ANNAPOLIS, MD—A bill to expand his signature P-TECH education initiative is among bipartisan legislation Governor Larry Hogan signed today to help even more students and families across the state.
The P-TECH model, first implemented in Maryland in 2016, uses a blend of classroom and real-world experience to help students in underserved communities advance to good jobs and successful careers. To date, the Hogan administration has invested more than $2.3 million to develop and operate eight P-TECH schools. House Bill 440—Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) Expansion Act paves the way for three more P-TECH schools to be created in Maryland.
“We are proud to expand the innovative P-TECH program to give even more deserving children hope and opportunities,” said Governor Hogan. “P-TECH is one of the most creative and effective approaches to education I have seen. It doesn’t just strengthen our education system, it also strengthens our economy, making it easier for employers to find workers with the right skills to fill in-demand jobs.”
The governor also enacted critical legislation to provide further relief for Maryland working families and reforms to protect and empower student athletes at state colleges and universities.
Senate Bill 870—Income Tax—Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit—Alterations. This legislation expands the existing child and dependent care tax credit by increasing the maximum allowed for certain individuals to $92,000 federal adjusted gross income (FAGI) and allowing the credit to be refundable up to the $50,000 FAGI for individuals.
House Bill 876—Higher Education—Policy on Student Concerns About Athletic Programs and Activities. This legislation makes it easier for student athletes to voice their concerns directly to an athletic director and receive anonymity to protect against retribution from coaches and staff. This is in direct response to the problems surrounding the University of Maryland football program last year.
These measures are among 181 bills Governor Hogan signed on Monday morning, alongside Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and House Speaker Adrienne Jones.