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April 25, 2012

Chicago's middle class not interested in 'hidden gem' high schools

Linda Lutton:

Fifteen years after Chicago embedded International Baccalaureate programs in tough neighborhood schools, the programs have not attracted the middle class.

Middle-and upper-income Chicagoans scramble to get their kids into Chicago's top high schools, turning to test prep, private tutors, and educational consultants.

If their kids don't get in, for many it's private school or the suburbs.

But Chicago has another set of high-quality high school programs--considered gems of the district--that middle-income parents have rejected. WBEZ looks at why.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at April 25, 2012 1:29 AM
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