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Chicago Schools to Students: Submit to Our Choices for Your Futures or No Diploma

Seniors must choose from a list of acceptable post-school plans, or they won’t graduate.

Chicago Public SchoolsAnthony Souffle/TNS/NewscomHey, Chicago parents: Are you ready for a bunch of government officials to decide whether your teen has appropriate post-high-school plans?

If you're not, too bad. Your city's school district is pushing forward with its plan to demand—as a requirement to graduate—that seniors prove to the school that they have a plan for the future. What's more, this plan has to match what school administrators think your kid's future should look like.

Reason previously warned that this order was in the works and that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was fully supporting it. It is now officially in place, and it will start applying to students graduating in 2020. Here is a list of options that graduating seniors will be allowed to pursue:

  • College acceptance letter received and returned
  • Military acceptance/enlistment letter
  • Acceptance into a job program (i.e., coding boot camp)
  • Acceptance into a trades pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship
  • Acceptance into a "gap year" program
  • Current job/job offer letter

The original version was less hospitable to the idea of teens entering directly into the workforce, so at least there's an improvement there. And it says waivers "will be developed" for students with "extenuating circumstances," however the district might eventually define them.

But note the insistent attitude here that moving forward into adulthood and being "successful" at it is assumed to involve putting one's self right back under the control or authority of others. Personal entrepreneurship is not an option. If your kid is a wunderkind in crafts or 3D printing and is making bank on Etsy, that doesn't satisfy the Chicago school system. Will administrators see private contract work as a "job" under this system?

The inclusion of military enlistment as a choice remains chilling, even when you take into consideration that obviously the school is going to have to award diplomas to seniors who decide to enlist. The message it sends to struggling students who might not be cut out for college and cannot find a job or one of the other options is pretty damn stark.

Chicago school leaders don't really see that unintended consequence, because that's not their goal. As I noted the last time I blogged about it, this entire "plan" appears to be a mechanism to lobby for more money and more staff for administrative, non-education-focused purposes. The Washington Post's coverage of the policy on Monday makes it clear that this system is intended to shake out more money and support for guidance counselors and to create new programs that further entwine administrators into students' lives. Here's what's going on at Morgan Park High School:

Given the new graduation requirement, seniors beginning this fall will take a year-long seminar on planning for life after high school. [Principal Carolyn] Epps said she hopes to reach younger students through assemblies, parent meetings and instruction in home-room classes.

Janice Jackson, the school system's chief education officer, said that is how the new requirement is supposed to work—pushing principals to improve efforts to help students prepare for the future. About 60 percent of district students have postsecondary plans when they graduate, she said, and she doesn't think the schools should wait for more money to set an expectation that the remaining 40 percent follow suit.

Would Chicago really withhold diplomas from students who meet every requirement except the new one? Jackson says it won't come to that, because principals, counselors and teachers won't let it. They'll go to students in that situation and press them to make sure they have a plan.

The official description of this new demand notes that the mayor and district are attempting to raise $1 million to create new positions for "college and career coaches." This a jobs program for them. Installing this system is meant to create leverage to ratchet up administrative funding. It's not just about blackmailing students and parents into declaring they'll conform to a set of roles in order to get out from under the state's thumb. It's yet another way for the school system to demand more money by making it harder for students to graduate if those who hold the purse strings don't agree to more administrative spending.

Speaking of making it harder to graduate: Getting much less attention than this program is a change to the school's science requirements. Currently Chicago requires students to earn one credit in biology and two credits in other lab sciences. They're changing the system so that in order to graduate, students must pass biology, chemistry, and physics classes. No more choices.

Meanwhile, Illinois is financially crashing and burning, and lawmakers are overriding the governor's veto of an irresponsible budget that raises income taxes in one of the highest-taxed states in the country. No wonder people are fleeing Chicago and the state.

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  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Will somebody explain to me, again, the difference between a Professional Educator and a criminal bent on defrauding the public?

  • notJoe||

    Many criminals who are bent on defrauding the public are smart?

  • Longtobefree||

    The union.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Less union involvement.

  • Zeb||

    Four foot one.

  • Unemployed Armenian Tranny||

    If I was the superintendent, I would be messing around with diplomas and life-plans. I would start with LASERS!, 8'oclock, day one! *PEW!!!

    Ooowh!!

    Sorry!

  • Unemployed Armenian Tranny||

    *wouldn't

  • Zeb||

    I'm glad someone got it.

  • H. Farnham||

    Intentions. Most criminals (in the legal sense) acknowledge that they're are doing something that most other people view as wrong in order to advance they're own position. Most professional educators truly believe they're doing what's right and honorable for children and society. Something, something road to hell.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The criminal occasionally gets thrown in jail.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    School systems demanding more cash and more control -- educational results be damned -- is no real surprise.

    "Janice Jackson, the school system's chief education officer, said that is how the new requirement is supposed to work—pushing principals to improve efforts to help students prepare for the future."

    So that's where she ended up after her music career fizzled! Too bad...As long as she stuck to singing and dancing, there was much less potential for unintended consequences for others.

  • juris imprudent||

    Chief education officer?

    I think I see the problem right there.

  • RabbitHead||

    That brought me up short, too.

    Don't they already have a superintendent?

  • Teddy Pump||

    With the increased money we will see a Chief Gender Officer & Chief Diversity Officer too I'm sure!!!!

  • Paloma||

    Maybe she should go back to acting. Good Times 40 years later.

  • E. Zachary Knight||

    As a man of faith, I know many kids whose immediate plans upon graduating high school is to go on a multi-year mission. Completely voluntary and all they do is teach people of their faith and perform service in whatever area they travel to. How would that fall into Chicago's list of approved post-graduation activities?

  • SKR||

    I would imagine they could get a letter from their priest/pastor that would make the cut.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    "So, according to this form, your boss is a Jewish carpenter?"

  • pan fried wylie||

    "Yes, but he wasn't available to sign the apprenticeship form."

  • Longtobefree||

    Unless you put the form on a wall somewhere - - - -

  • creech||

    "I thought we forced you Mormons out of Illinois a long, long time ago?"

  • SQRLSY One||

    "My plans are to start my own religion, and gather followers."

    Would that qualify?

    "My plans are to become a Scientology slave." Would that qualify?

    "My plans are to become a Satanic Priest. I am taking internet lessons." Would that qualify?

    "My plans are to enlist, as you say, but it is in the North Korean Army." Would that qualify?

    "My plans are to become a founder-follower of a new intellectual and personal non-religious rational movement, where we follow our own free will, and our own free will alone, while respecting the free will of others." Would that qualify?

    Or is the ***ONLY*** acceptable answer, "I will find a NEW Master, who YOU find acceptable, and follow Him or Her or It. I agree that just following my own free will alone, us NOT acceptable."

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    My plans are to become a founder-follower of a new intellectual and personal non-religious rational movement, where we follow our own free will, and our own free will alone, while respecting the free will of others.

    SQRLSY One is immediately tackled by the Chief Education Officer, stuffed into a boxcar, and shipped off to the camps, never to be heard from again...

  • SQRLSY One||

    Another crack at this, same but different…

    "Well, I have had severe mental problems during High School, but managed to graduate anyway. After High School, I am admitted to a 1-year intense (but expensive!) therapy program, administered by a fully degreed-credentialled-licensed facility, which my wealthy parents will pay for."

    Educrats would probably fall all over themselves to "accomodate", in a politically correct manner.

    "Well, I have had severe mental problems during High School, but managed to graduate anyway. After High School, I am going to go to live on a remote farm, with a highly respected Uncle of mine, who has no fancy degrees, but all my family, his Church, and his neighbors and friends all agree, he is a very wise and compassionate friend and advisor to all. He will pay me room and board, and we will discuss my troubles half the time, and shovel cow poop and feed the animals, the other half of the time."

    Probably no dice on that one… Even if the Uncle does a MUCH better job than the shrinks!!!

    Ya see the problems here, right? Or do I need to make a longer speech?

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Severe mental problems are no excuse, son. One day, you might actually be president!

  • SQRLSY One||

    Yup-yup-yo, gotcha on that one, there's a thread about that very topic going on now, here amongst us Reasonoids...

  • SQRLSY One||

  • DarrenM||

    I think "My plan is to go on Welfare." might be acceptable.

  • Datrebor||

    One that's what you get for thinking. And two, not by a long shot.

  • Agammamon||

    'Gap year program' is what that is called.

  • Thomas O.||

    I flunked Chemistry when I was in high school, so in modern-day Chicago I'd be S.O.L.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    Good to know that Chicago's public schools are so flush in cash that they can afford this sort of social engineering.

  • ||

    Good to know that Chicago's public schools are so flush in cash that they can afford this sort of social engineering.

    Unless you were grinding up flunkies and burning them for fuel, I don't see how this is anything except a literal money-pit. Even if you were flush with cash, you're going to burn through cash supporting invalids and have a city full of people who hate your guts when the money runs out... and that's if the plan works.

  • Jerryskids||

    But note the insistent attitude here that moving forward into adulthood and being "successful" at it is assumed to involve putting one's self right back under the control or authority of others.

    Or, or, here's a thought - they don't consider graduating high school to be "moving forward into adulthood". What, you think the Nanny State is a one-way relationship? A nanny assumes nannees, doesn't it?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    The preferred nomenclature is "Nanu."

  • pan fried wylie||

    Nanii would also be acceptable.

  • hackajar||

  • BYODB||


    Would Chicago really withhold diplomas from students who meet every requirement except the new one? Jackson says it won't come to that, because principals, counselors and teachers won't let it. They'll go to students in that situation and press them to make sure they have a plan.


    In other words, if a student gives them the finger and says 'fuck you' they'll just fill in the blanks for them. They've already proven that they're willing to forge standardized test results to keep their jobs/funding, so I seriously doubt they'll think twice as making sure they hit that 100% target by any means necessary.


    This is a joke, plain and simple, and yeah I'm sure 'more funding and more education jobs' are the real reason behind it. It's what Unions do.

  • Sevo||

    "In other words, if a student gives them the finger and says 'fuck you' they'll just fill in the blanks for them."

    Ha, and HA! You wish!
    The self-criticism sessions are held nightly and on Saturdays and Sundays; your attendance is mandatory.

  • BYODB||

    Nah, they'll take the easy way out to get to that 100% threshold. Considering that they're likely to realize that a student would have standing to sue them for withholding that degree, and sue the city as well, they'll just fill it out for the student if the student just straight up refuses.

    It's the petty CYA bureaucratic way you do anything when the end result is impossible; make shit up.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    They'll go to students in that situation and press them to make sure they have a plan.

    Counselor: "Please, you have to put SOMETHING on the form."
    Student: "I'm'a sell weed on the corner, yo."
    Counselor: [writes "Pharmaceutical Rep" on form]

  • Juice||

    "Street pharmacist"

  • Juice||

    or Freelance, if you prefer

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Student: "I intend to be a time traveling gynecologist from Jupiter."

  • Mendelism||

    +1 Blue Flower

  • BSL1||

    Undocumented Pharmacist.

  • Juice||

    Current job/job offer letter

    This could be anything, so this is the escape hatch.

  • ||

    Personally, I can't find a distinction between either/all of the following;

    Acceptance into a job program (i.e., coding boot camp)
    Acceptance into a trades pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship
    Acceptance into a "gap year" program

    It seems like an unpaid summer internship supporting Bernie Madoff's pyramid scheme fits into any one of them. If you get paid, it goes in the job/job offer category.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Apparently winning a lawsuit against the city after getting beaten up by Chicago Police is not an approved plan for the future.

    Which is odd, given that that's the third most lucrative way to make money in Chicago, and by far the easiest to get into.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    They even ake house calls!

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Pets welcome!

  • aajax||

    If a kid can't figure a way around these rules, they aren't street smart enough to get a diploma from Chicago.

  • jonnysage||

    I mean if your going to send your kids to govt school, this doesn't seem all that bad. The rules make them learn more science and force them to think about a plan so as not to be dependent on society.

  • Les||

    It absolutely doesn't make them "learn" more science. It makes them temporarily memorize science facts and formulas that the vast majority of them will never ever use again. It will also make most of them hate science, and quite possibly increase drop-out rates.

    Not giving them a diploma for not sharing one's personal life plans (which is no business of the schools') is simply blackmail.

  • Zeb||

    The schools butting into the student's private affairs is what bothers me the most about this. School should be school and that's it. It's quite disturbing how they keep insinuating themselves more and more into students' lives outside of school.
    High school graduates are pretty much all legal adults.

  • BYODB||

    I'm curious what standard they want to put on people who want their GED; do they need to jump through similar hoops? The article doesn't say.

  • Paloma||

    Or someone who just gets a job and then never shows up?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    It's probably unconstitutional.

  • jonnysage||

    Memorizing facts IS science.

  • hello.||

    No. No it isn't. Saying something that stupid is a pretty good way to broadcast your total ignorance though.

  • Vapourwear||

    You may want to get that sarcastometer calibrated.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    And now when the teacher union's contract comes up for negotiation, they can point out that 100% of Chicago's graduates have a job or go on to college, and then demand more money for all their hard work.

  • ||

    And now when the teacher union's contract comes up for negotiation, they can point out that 100% of Chicago's graduates have a job or go on to college, and then demand more money for all their hard work.

    I can all but guarantee that this 100% what this is about.

  • Longtobefree||

    So what is the enforcement mechanism?
    Who is going to follow up and be sure they actually go into the service/job/apprenticeship?
    Is there a penalty for perjury?
    Can I start a company that sells job offers?
    Self employed dealing drugs and/or guns?
    And this will never get past a liberal judge until they add community organizer to the list.

  • Zeb||

    I don't think the rules say they have to follow through with their plan. Just that they have to have one at the time of graduation.

  • Philadelphia Collins||

    Having babies is a plan.

  • Zeb||

    How much can you get for a baby these days?

  • Datrebor||

    I was thinking the same thing. Say what ever, instead enlistment that might be a contract, then do what ever you want to.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Janice Jackson, the school system's chief education officer, said that is how the new requirement is supposed to work—pushing principals to improve efforts to help students prepare for the future.

    The consequence of principals failing to do so seems to fall squarely on the students.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    How many union reps do the students have?

  • Ron||

    Its my understanding this is how it works in Germany and you are stuck with the governments choices for life, maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

  • Sevo||

    On a tour in Germany, the guide answered a question regarding dead-beats and education.
    With a lot of hemming and hawing, it seems that Germany has a two-track system after whatever they call high-school, and you are supposedly either entering some tertiary education establishment, or involved in apprenticeships or the like.
    The woman asking the question followed up by hinting that the German system was so terrific, there were no dead-beats, until another member of the tour asked the guide directly and he admitted the Germans had not yet stamped out free-riders.
    There are Euro-weenies on those tours.

  • sarcasmic||

    When I was in cooking school one of the chefs was from Germany. From what he said you've got a choice: do what the central planners want and they'll pay for it, or go on your own and pay for it yourself. In his case the planners said they'd pay his way through culinary, so that's what he did.

  • Adam330||

    The main consequence of this will be thousands of fake job offers. And then an audit in 10 years that discovers the shocking surprise that tens of thousands of students have evaded the requirement through faked documents, along with claims that what we really need is more oversight and stricter rules. Rinse, repeat.

  • DJF||

    So at least some of the students should get jobs in the fast and exciting world of fake job documents. Or fake university acceptance letters

  • Number 7||

    and the mayor gets to announce the new 0% unemployment rate

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Why can't a parent create a job offer for the student. I hereby hire [Student's name] to do laundry and watch the dog.

  • Zeb||

    Yes. Obviously the main problem with education in this country is not enough high school guidance counselors.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    My high school guidance counselor got fired for smoking weed in the teachers' bathroom. She was reinstated about a month later.

  • Juice||

    My high school technically had a person (yes, one) with the title "Guidance Counselor" but what this person actually did is a mystery to me. When it came to applying for college or anything related to what would happen after graduation, no one from my high school actually helped me with any of that whatsoever.

  • Juice||

    I didn't know what a guidance counselor was supposed to do until after I left high school when other people talked about working with theirs. I was like, OH! I thought it was like the school therapist or something.

  • Tony||

    Our guidance counselor was such a dead ringer for Mr. Mackey (with a little Mr. Garrison thrown in) that I had to make sure the South Park dudes didn't actually attend my high school.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Mine actually told me not to bother applying to my first-choice school (this is before she got caught with the pot). I ignored her and got accepted, early admission, so she was not even good at actively trying to damage students' futures.

  • Mendelism||

    Same here. "You're not going to get in unless your parents went there" was the "guidance" I received.

  • DarrenM||

    Do everything yourself and just use a guidance counselor to double-check your work.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    What took so long?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Her union rep was also high.

  • Ron||

    I don't know about others but in my experience the guidance counselors were always the failed teachers who couldn't guide themselves out of a paper bag

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    We had one, useless but also harmless. The SATs had to be paid for in triples and there were only 5 I wanted, so I signed up for Math II just to not let them get my $$ for nothing. Got 800, perfect, and did not get 800 on Math I. Plus, there were several questions I skipped, and one I knew I got wrong; with 12 points, no three on a line, how many circles can you draw through them? Asked the math teacher and he showed me the right answer. Frankly, I didn't much care, it was just a lot of math questions and I am not a math geek, it was just for curiousity.

    Counselor called me in with the fantastic news. I told him about the 12 points question and the skipped questions. He said he would ask for a manual rescore. Said it was still 800. I just laughed and said they must be pretty unsmart or desperate for publicity.

  • Zeb||

    A kid in my class found a mistake in an SAT math question and got brief national media attention for it.

  • Robert||

    I'd say in most cases there'd be 0 circles you could draw thru 12 randomly selected points in n-space, where n is less than 10. Is there a catch?

  • Zeb||

    I think we must be missing an important part of the question.

  • Bubba Jones||

    They did a manual rescore in an effort to lower your score? Wtf.

    The 800 represents the top percentile of scores. It doesn't mean you got all the questions right.

  • plusafdotcom||

    They let me skip from freshman sophomore Biology to Senior Honors Physics and I got a resounding D the first marking period.

    "Guidance Counsellor," while a nice guy, wanted to bust me back to Junior Chemistry. I explained that the first 'semester' of Honors Physics was The Physics of Chemistry, for which I was completely unprepared, but I convinced him (and my mom) that I'd do better as the year went on.

    I don't know if the Guidance Counsellor ever heard back about my 769 in the Physics SAT... The other guys in my physics class that year didn't take that SAT... they were too scared, although several got 800's on the Chem SAT.

    :D

  • David Emami||

    "From here it's a short step to all the rest of socialism, to determining his pay and pretty soon your son won't decide when he's in school where he will go or what he will do for a living. He will wait for the government to tell him where he will go to work and what he will do." -- Ronald Reagan, 1961 record on socialized medicine and its impact on doctors' careers.

  • Tony||

    "Just say no to drugs. And if you don't, we'll put a jackboot in your face."

    --Ronald Reagan, probably

  • David Emami||

    Ah, good old Tony, never failing to miss the point.

  • Tony||

    The point is you like your overlords with an (R) after their name. That's always the point here.

  • Sevo||

    Tony|7.5.17 @ 3:05PM|#
    "The point is you like your overlords with an (R) after their name. That's always the point here."

    Those voices in your head? They're not real, Tony.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    we'll put a jackboot in your face.

    They fit Obama so well.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    I guess the Chicago school system is so bad at mentoring students, they will try bullying instead.

  • Brandybuck||

    Just thinking that without a diploma it's going to be pretty difficult to get one of those letters proving you have future plans.

  • Brandybuck||

    So what happens when there's a recession? What if Illinois does not have an abundance of available employment, and the student is not suitable for the intellectual rigors of college (low as they are) yet doesn't want to get shipped overseas to kill foreigners?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    It's Illinois clever way of getting those kids to move to another state.

  • FreedomIsBetterThanLiberty||

    If they can't get a job on their own, then they have to sign up for a job training program. Sounds brilliant.

  • Adam330||

    Chicago is also part of the new minimum wage madness. Minimum wage will be $13 an hour in 2020. How many employers are going to shell that out for a newly minimum CPS grad with no experience?

  • Robert||

    What do they need a HS diploma for, anyway? If it's not on that list, a diploma seems completely superfluous.

  • Robert||

    I'm serious, all the things you need a HS diploma to get into are on that list. So what if you're planning something that isn't on the list? You won't need a diploma to get into it, so their withholding your diploma is no impediment to you. So this is all a nothing.

  • DarrenM||

    A diploma is to keep your options open. Plans don't always work out the way you want.

  • Paul E||

    "The inclusion of military enlistment as a choice remains chilling, even when you take into consideration that obviously the school is going to have to award diplomas to seniors who decide to enlist."

    What?!?! Obviously, I disagree with Chicago's Orwellian attempts to control people who have graduated but how the F* is the inclusion of military enlistment chilling? Why does the concept of serving ones country so repulse the writers are Reason? I suppose the writers are Reason think no one should be in the military? We could just get rid of it and we would be perfectly safe? I thought progressives were dense but apparently Reason is trying to out stupid the stupid.

  • FreedomIsBetterThanLiberty||

    Are you new?

    Yes, most people around here believe that if the military disappeared tomorrow, we would be safe from the rampaging barbarian hordes from Canada spilling in.

  • Adam330||

    I think the logic is that, faced with the inability to get a job or get into college, a CPS student will have no choice but to enlist in order to get the diploma. So it's not the enlistment itself, but being faced with the unfair choice to enlist or get no diploma. This of course ignores the more obvious route- lie to the school and tell them you have a job or got accepted to college.

  • Robert||

    But what do they need the diploma for if not for college or a job? I don't see where the coercion comes in. If you have nothing immediately, but you line up a position later, you can get the diploma then.

  • Scott S.||

    It's explained literally in the very next sentence. The idea that students might end up concluding that they HAVE TO join the military to get their diploma if the other options don't work for them.

  • BSL1||

    Couldn't you say the same for every option on the list? Why single out the military option as the only one they would feel the HAVE TO pursue to get their diploma if the other options don't work for them?

  • Scott S.||

    The other options don't have the authority to send you to war.

  • hello.||

    I didn't know the military had the power to declare war. Pretty interesting new development in constitutional law. You should write an article about it, after you clean the shit out of your diaper.

  • Scott S.||

    Welcome to the "I'm being deliberately dense on the Internet so that I don't have to acknowledge my outrage lacks foundation" Club! Here's your badge.*

    (*In case you're still being deliberately dense, there's no actual badge.)

  • JWatts||

    Scott, just an update for the last 30 years or so, but generally speaking the US military is pretty selective now and likely isn't going to accept someone that couldn't find a job anywhere else.

    The idea that the US military is the last resort of complete losers is pretty much a long dead trope.

  • Bubba Jones||

    But at the same time my friends are sending their loser son into the navy.

    So, perhaps complete loser isn't the right descriptor. Under achiever is more accurate.

  • hello.||

    It's hard to be a patronizing asshole towards people unless you first dehumanize them.

  • FreedomIsBetterThanLiberty||

    Let's be real: How many Chicago Public Schools students are making bank on Etsy.

    Libertarianism is fine for those who can handle it, but do we really want to be discouraging a public school from trying to keep negros off welfare or dealing drugs?

  • zombietimeshare||

    I wonder what happens if the "choice" is none of the above, and/or a choice the leftists running the education plantation find politically incorrect?

  • hackajar||

    I'm sorry Mrs. Jackson - wooooo! (I am for real); never meant to make your daughter graduate, I apologized a million times...

  • Empress Trudy||

    Sling rock
    Kill Homies
    Get Pregnant
    Get Shot

  • ||

    how about a letter from their attorney wondering if CISD employees have qualified immunity?

  • Joanne Jacobs||

    Chicago City Colleges (community colleges) automatically offer admission to all Chicago Public School graduates. So if a kid has no idea what he's going to do, the counselor can accept the admission offer to meet the "received and returned" requirement. The student doesn't have to pay anything or show up in the fall. (Many low-income students who genuinely accept college admissions offers don't show up in the fall, a phenomenon known as "summer melt.")

    Requiring bio, chem and physics means that high schools will water down chem and physics so that poorly prepared students will be able to pass. Students who could pass a real chem or physics class will be out of luck. (Just about everyone takes bio now.)

    I was an excellent student in high school, but took only bio and chem, both honors courses. I didn't need physics to apply to a selective college, so I took more history instead. I liked history.

  • KerryW||

    Ah, but they haven't graduated until they get the acceptance letter, and they can't be (automatically) accepted until they graduate -- sounds like a Catch 22 situation, and therefore is not a default.

  • Galane||

    In the early 90's I had to do a "Planning Your Career" course. Nowhere in it was any allowance for being self employed and owning one's own business. The assumption was that everyone was going to work for someone else.

    I did have a series of jobs after graduation and got fed up with getting loaded up with tasks that *were not my job*. So I've had my own business since 2000, startup funded in part from pay I got from the last job I ever had under someone else's thumb.

    Where do these idiots think the *employers* come from? There are many companies where the owners didn't start out at the bottom and work their way up - because they *started* their business and grew it into a company large enough to need to put up with the economic hassle of having employees.

  • Fuck You - Cut Spending||

    Where do these idiots think the *employers* come from?

    Government employees think all employers come from the government.

  • LDRider||

    I'd be ok with this if the CPS agreed to allow any student whose high school diploma left them demonstrably underprepared for any of those choices to sue the school district for fraud, and any taxpayer to sue for fraud. And not just the district, but the individual teachers and administrators as well.

  • Agammamon||

    Military acceptance/enlistment letter

    Way to fuck over the military recruiters in the Chicago districts.

    Its already damn hard to meet quota consistently as it is and now you're going to push a bunch of slackers who only want to get that letter - and once they've gotten it will disappear.

  • DFG||

    "Excuse me, but there seems to be a problem, I don't see 'Go fuck yourself' on my form."

  • dpbisme||

    I thought I would be mad at the list... but not so much... Seems to me making it a requirement is the problem.... Seems like a great idea to ask these young adults to think about the direction on their life... It more or less outlines the possible paths a persons life is GOING TO TAKE anyway.... and I get it... it really is none of the States Business.... It just seems to me there would be a better and less intrusive way to do this...

  • cc2||

    they seriously think a senior still in school can get a job offer letter ahead of time?
    McD's: can you start tomorrow?
    Student: no, not for 3months
    McD's: hahahaha go away
    What about the option of spending the next year looking for a job? Or how about taking a year off to find yourself? Neither of those will allow you to get your diploma.

  • Datrebor||

    I hope many refuse to say and see if they are denied their diploma. To see what would happen when the school is sued.

  • Whorton||

    So when the governor and associates gain the plenary authority to make such dictum that students must present to school officials such comprehensive proof of their plans post high school? I don't find such authority in the Illinois Constitution or legislation.

    The immediate thing that comes to mind is a class action lawsuit against the school authority and his "gubnr'ship." Failing that, people should do a mass exodus from the school district.

    But for an enterprising individual, with good computer skills, preparation of bogus acceptance letters from schools, trade organizations such as labor unions, internships for Hillary 2020, Internships for Rham. Emanual for president or dictator. . Letters of intent to join the Wellesley Underwater basket weaving team for 100% scholarship. Perhaps letters of deferment as the CIA had recruited such student to join the "Deep state" and assist in monitoring of President trump and suspicious Illinoisans. .

    This is total BS. Schools have no such authority. This is a progressive attempt to exert more control over former students lives.

  • Sanjuro Tsubaki||

    If kids are forced to go to school in the first place, schools have all the authority they need.

  • Sanjuro Tsubaki||

    The only thing public schools are good at teaching is fascism.

  • American Veteran Patroit||

    Ok, so the unions' minions cannot provide an education to achieve all these items! Now it on the student who has received a dysfunctional education from a serious dysfunction flawed unionize school system, excuse me say what??? Now the cure is to develop a new UNIONIZED agency that only increases confusion and the most important part massive additional strangleholds on this totally broken liberal bastion of obozo / dalyism dynasties of stupidity and irresponsible misuse of taxpayer monies. But hell, this Chi-town and anything goes as long as it is controlled by the two machines - politicos and unions! Could this be another method to increase payoffs, bribery, etc.... No disrespect to those doing all they can to provide an education in a flawed environment.

  • Longtobefree||

    Lifeguard on the Rio Grande?

  • plusafdotcom||

    Oh, and WHERE, pray tell, is the feedback path in that 'system' for the occasions where a kid meets all of the requirements of that lunatic law in order to get their diploma and then turns out to be "unsuccessful" in the future?

    Authority without Responsibility is a sign on the highway to failure.

  • Ride 'Em||

    Eighteen year olds don't know what they are going to do next week let alone years from now. And who is going to check up on them to see if they execute their plan. Does a job at McDonalds satisfy the requirement?

    Since Obama's daughter doesn't have a plan then she doesn't get a diploma. What a minute, she goes to an exclusive private school so she doesn't have to have a plan.

  • Bag Filtration Housings||

    School should be school and that's it. They've already proven that they're willing to forge standardized test results to keep their jobs/funding.

  • damikesc||

    If you cannot trust a government flunkie from Chicago on how to live a good life, who can you trust?

  • Fuck You - Cut Spending||

    If graduating high school isn't enough FOR ALL THE STUDENTS, then the problem clearly is the high school and not the student.

  • Fuck You - Cut Spending||

    This is a clever way for CPS to increase its dropout rate.

  • jelabarre||

    I swear I've seen a scheme like this in various Japanese Anime... (except Sawa-chan wouldn't let Yui or Ritsu put down "musician).

  • Queen Screwup||

    Scott Shackford has emoted all over the place again so please watch your step. LMAO This blog is called Reason NOT Emotion so I have to call into question the continued existence of Scott Snowflake Shackford.

  • mysmartstuffs||

    I mean if your going to send your kids to govt school, this doesn't seem all that bad. The rules make them learn more science and force them to think about a plan so as not to be dependent on society.
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  • KamaK||

    I think this is great. The worse the federal/state schools get, the more the demand for private institutions. This new policy is a blessing.

  • XenoZooValentine||

    Relevant to the military option, from Skippy's List:

    203. "To conquer the earth with an army of flying monkeys" is a bad long term goal to give the re-enlistment NCO.

  • Pine Tree Paul||

    When will you publish your expose on charter schools requiring graduates to have a plan for their future when they graduate? Are you seriously berating the Chicago public schools for asking kids to have a plan for their lives when they graduate??? Or does consistency take a back seat to politics?

  • Earth Skeptic||

    What, no gangster/dealing/prison option?

  • tlapp||

    Suppose you were 18 again. Did you know what you wanted to do for the rest of your life at that time? It would be very few who did. Now these potential graduates must know and it must match what the school thinks?????
    Let's get to the truth, the school wants to tell them what they will do with their future after they graduate. The ultimate control much like the Nazi's starting the indoctrination of young teens.
    Why not have the school just hand them the preapproved life plan they have determined for them and save some time. Personal Freedom? They don't teach that, it's too dangerous for people to make their own choices.

  • tlapp||

    The should tell the truth. Their plans are to run up enormous student debt while partying on campus for 4 years trying to get laid.

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