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Students in Tennessee and Chicago won’t have to wait for President Obama’s College Promise proposal for free community college to pass. The Chicago Star Scholarships and the Tennessee Promise program, both of which offer a serious financial break for college students, will kick off this fall, giving qualified applicants a chance to progress without the economic stress.

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Why We Need Schools To Uplift Their Communities Now More Than Ever

At this point, it's not enough to just say "no" to reforms. We also need to have alternative solutions for our children.


As Helen Keller said, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision."

That's why on Wednesday, when Chicago Public Schools decided to shut down 50 public schools, along with either combining or putting others in a turnaround model, even the casual observer could see the absolute failure of our current public education system and its wayward reforms.

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What's Wrong With Chicago's School Closings? Watch This 9-Year-Old Break it Down

When it comes to school closings, Asean Johnson, a 9-year-old third grader at Marcus Garvey Elementary isn't buying what Rahm Emanuel's selling.

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The Chicago Board of Education gave the green light on Wednesday to closing 50 public schools, the largest mass school closing in United States history. The decision to close these Chicago schools means that nearly 46,000 predominantly black and low-income kids will be displaced from their neighborhood schools.

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Pedal Pushers: Chicago to Become Bike Commuters' Fantasy Land

Rahm Emanuel says by year's end, his town will have 33 miles of protected bike lanes, making it the bike friendliest city in the states.

Copenhagen leads the way internationally as a cyclists' wonderland with its growing network of dedicated paths and "bike super highway," but the Windy City just announced big plans to outdo the biking infrastructure of local competitors like Minneapolis or Portland.

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