Rahm’s graduation requirement: Must have travel plans.
You know that incredibly stupid idea Rahm has proposed as a CPS graduation requirement?
The one where you must have a promise of a job that isn’t there?
Or a letter from a college, like Chicago State, that can’t afford to offer any classes?
The one that would be dependent on CPS guidance counselors that have been fired?
The one that will provide the army with cannon fodder?
And forget it that as a high school grad you might have other plans?
That stupid idea?
Guess where Rahm got the idea?
Former Chicago Public Schools-turned-U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan also was in Emanuel’s inbox with an idea that the mayor took to heart.
“Think about making completing a FAFSA [financial aid application] and applying to two or three colleges or the military a new CPS graduation requirement,” Duncan wrote on Jan. 11. “Graduation rates continue to rise. This would signal the importance of ongoing education/training. A HS diploma is great, but not enough. No other school system I know of has taken this next step.”
A month later, after Duncan wrote again to talk about an “intensive tutoring program.” Emanuel replied, “Thanks. You know we are doing a version of your graduation requirement.”
Duncan replied, “Didn’t know. Good?”
Last week, Emanuel announced that, starting with the current freshman class, CPS will make “having a plan for post-secondary success” a graduation requirement.
That means that, in order to graduate, members of the Class of 2020 and beyond will have to present a letter of acceptance, either to a four-year college, a community college, the military, or a trade. Without a “post-high school education plan,” they won’t graduate.
There is talk that Duncan wants Rahm’s job and Rahm is willing to step aside and let him have it.
Duncan is already providing the stupid ideas to the Mayor.
Skip the middleman.