Mayor Rahm Emanuel Unusual New Graduation Requirements-Could be the New Trend

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Source:  Washington Post

Beginning in 2020 public schools in Chicago will be enforcing an unusual requirement, students will have to present their post-graduation plans to receive their diploma.  This policy developed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s is his plan to keep teens off the street.

“We are going to help kids have a plan because they’re going to need it to succeed,” he said. “You cannot have kids think [they’re done after] 12th grade.”

“The plan requires students to show they have secured a job or received an acceptance letter from college, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program or the military,” TVOne’s Roland Martin explained on Wednesday.

The Board of Education approved the proposal in late May.  When and if it takes effect, the nation’s third-largest school district could set the trend for deciding graduation requirements in other major cities.

“But there’s no plan in place for the cash-strapped district to provide enough mentoring and counseling to help students,” Martin noted. “In 2016 the district laid off 1,000 teachers and staff members.”

“As somebody who lived in Chicago for six years, I can tell you the school district sucks,” Martin said.

“In fact,” the host added. “The City Colleges of Chicago was spending $40 million dollars a year on remedial education. Where were those students coming from? Chicago Public Schools. So it’s a little hard for me to listen to this Mayor require this of students when you’re largely getting an education that sucks.”

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