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Rahm Emanuel Slammed by Chicago High School Students

Chicago's mayoral race front-runner claims the city's highest performing schools are charters. A group of students says he didn't do his homework.

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Rahm Emanuel is in hot water over recent remarks dissing the city's public schools. According to the Chicago mayoral race front-runner, "When you take out North Side, and you take out Walter Payton, the seven best-performing high schools are all charters." Now a group of students—who also happen to be fans of one of his opponents, Miguel Del Valle—have responded to the inference that the city's 400,000 regular public school kids are low-performing. To protest, they did what thousands of young people do every day—they made a video and put it to YouTube.

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Hu Jintao Surveys Evidence of China's Soft Power at Chicago High School

Hu Jintao seemed totally impressed with the Chinese language classes at Chicago's Walter Payton Prep.

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Students at Chicago's innovative math, science, and foreign language high school, Walter Payton Prep, welcomed a special visitor on Friday—Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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Chinese Language Programs Revive "Red Scare" Hysteria

Will learning from a native speaking Chinese teacher turn American students into subversive commies? Probably not. (But it might get them a job.)


Chinese President Hu Jintao's making his first state visit to the Obama White House at a time when the American economy—and American schools—are feeling left behind by the growing economic superpower. Now a story out of Columbus, Ohio, about the Gahanna-Jefferson School District's Chinese language and culture program spotlights the revival of "Red Scare" fears—all because China's helping pay part of the program's cost.

At a time when many American school districts are busy cutting foreign language offerings, the Chinese government is contributing $30,000 to Gahanna-Jefferson's four-year-old program. It's a fraction of the cost—the U.S. government is ponying up the rest of the $1 million needed to run the initiative, which teaches Mandarin and Chinese culture to 350 students.

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