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Despite being known for high college acceptance rates, Urban Prep Academies recently lost a charter to operate a school on Chicago’s west side. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy – known for 100% college acceptance rates – put reputation ahead of results

Urban Prep Academy in Chicago made a name by boasting about its 100% college acceptance rates for graduating seniors. A founding teacher at Urban Prep explains why that statistic is misleading.
Students from this 2016 photo work at computers inside Buffalo’s Bennett High School – one of five high schools being redesigned with a focus on specialty programming, such as computer science or solar energy. The goal is to position students to land well-paying jobs being created amid a surge in economic development in the city. Carolyn Thompson/AP

‘Career ready’ out of high school? Why the nation needs to let go of that myth

Unlike the days of old, career and technical education in today's high schools doesn't really prepare students for work. Researchers at Georgetown University explain why CTE must be revamped.
Job shadowing is one way that students can understand career options in their Rust Belt communities. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / flickr

Building jobs in the Rust Belt: The role of education

Rust Belt youth often want to stay near home but can't find jobs. The key may be in educational initiatives that help young people find and acquire the jobs that are already readily available.
What do the most disadvantaged students need for college success? Commencement image via www.shutterstock.com

Is a tuition-free policy enough to ensure college success?

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have called for making colleges and universities debt-free or tuition-free. Disadvantaged students need more than free college to achieve success.

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