Chicago's Take On Failing Kids

Eight years ago, Chicago moved to end social promotion of its students, and the city has since been a bellwether in the debate over whether to keep kids who don't meet standards from moving on to the next grade. But the city's school board changed its program last week. In a new policy, it pledged more support for struggling students and ended the practice of holding back kids solely on the basis of their math scores. Chicago schools CEO Arne Duncan insists the changes do not amount to a reversal. "This is an evolving process," he says. "I think we're getting...

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