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Emanuel Outlines School Reform Plan

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – More all-male and all-female schools, and an increased focus on college preparatory programs, are all on Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s education agenda.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, on Friday, Emanuel laid out his plans for hundreds of high school students.

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Emanuel appeared at a forum for high school students around the city at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. He told the teenagers he wants schools to concentrate less on standardized tests, and more on preparing kids for college, among other things.

“I do want to look at more gender-specific high schools, meaning all-male schools and all-female schools, to focus and make sure those kids are able to focus on their academic accomplishments so we can improve their graduation rate,” Emanuel said.

Emanuel says he also intends to commit resources to neighborhood schools and learn from their successes, even as he fosters more charter schools and selective enrollment programs.

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