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College and careers

An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.

David Smart

October 02, 2006

At Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, students dress in suit jackets and ties, wear close-cropped military haircuts, attend classes from 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. and then, participate in mandatory after-school programs. Tim King, the former head of Hales Franciscan High, wants to replicate the charter elsewhere in Chicago and nationwide. King talked to writer David Smart about the philosophy behind Urban Prep and how single-sex education can help young black men succeed.

August 29, 2006

Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management is looking to carve a niche in educating educators.

In July, a two-and-a-half day pilot, "Leading Successful Schools," drew 20 leaders from Chicago's public schools, mostly charters, for sessions on fundraising, marketing, economics and other business school fare. Courses were tailored to meet the needs of people who are in education leadership positions but do not have management experience.