Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm “dead fish” Emanuel is now proposing that Chicago public high school students have an acceptance letter from a college, community college, trade school, “gap-year” program or the military before students can receive their diploma.
The point, the mayor said, is to get Chicago Public Schools students in all parts of the city to stop seeing high school graduation as an ending and get them to consider what’s next.
“Just like you do with your children, college, post-high school, that is what’s expected,” Emanuel said at a Wednesday morning news conference. “If you change expectations, it’s not hard for kids to adapt.”
A top CPS official also acknowledged, however, that every Chicago public high school graduate essentially already meets the new standard because graduation guarantees admittance to the City Colleges of Chicago community college system.
Assuming the idea wins approval from the Emanuel-controlled Chicago Board of Education, the new requirements would first affect the Class of 2020. CPS did not specify how it would amend its graduation policies, and only said the school board would take up the issue sometime in the future[…]
Never mind that as pointed out by Townhall.com, only one out of four students in Chicago’s failed public school system graduate from high school.
Townhall by Christine Rousselle
While in theory it’s a good thing to have students concerned with plans for the future, simply entering the work force in a non-trade capacity is a perfectly acceptable option to do after graduation and is certainly cheaper than going into sttudent loan debt….
Of course, there’s also this (likely) ulterior motive behind the change: increasing enrollment (and number of employees) at the City College system. Every student who graduates from a Chicago Public School is automatically admitted into one of the city colleges, so a student who didn’t otherwise have post-graduate plans has at least one fallback option….
Shouldn’t Emanuel concern himself, if he cares so much about increasing the odds of Chicago’s school children staying alive long enough (and after) to reach their 18th birthday?
Far too many children in Urban America with Chicago being no different, struggle to make it to high school, let alone their senior year. Any student who passes and makes it through their senior year is entitled to a high school diploma. Give it up. No roadblocks.
Do not dangle that which has been earned in the faces of these students because of an additional requirement fashioned by a failing mayor of a failed city.
Go away Rahm.