By Andrew Pillow
Schools often talk about how important it is for students to have a plan after graduation. Rather that be college, or some other form of employment. Typically, this is where guidance counselors come into play. However, Chicago Public Schools may go a little bit further by requiring students to have proof of a plan before they graduate.
Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel is leading the charge for the post high school plan as a graduation requirement.
The acceptance letter can be to any of the following:
- Four-year university
- Community college
- Job Training program
- Trade school
- Branch of the Armed Forces
Mayor Emanuel says he doesn’t want students to view high school graduation as their final goal and that the plan is simply keeping up with the real world.
“The workplace today has that requirement. All we’re doing, as a school system, is catching up to the requirements of the workplace,” Said Emanuel
It is worth noting that all CPS students qualify for free tuition at City Colleges via an existing partnership and low income students get their application fees waived. Additionally, 60% of CPS students already have a plan prior to graduation according to CPS.
Read more about the plan on the city’s official website here.