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Should High School Seniors Be Required to Apply to College?

Washington D.C. council president Kwame Brown wants to require seniors to take the SAT or ACT and apply to college or trade school.

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Merging College and Career Prep on Chicago's West Side

There's no difference between the college track and the career track at Chicago's Austin Polytechnical Academy high school.


Can today's kids learn calculus and real world job skills? They will if they're enrolled at Austin Polytechnical Academy on Chicago's West Side. At the 381-student STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focused campus, the college and career track are one and the same.

Founded in 2007 by Dan Swinney, the chairman of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council, Austin is the only Chicago Public Schools high school teaching the basics like English and social studies, and requiring students to take three to four years of pre-engineering courses.

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OurGoods: New York's New Barter Network

OurGoods is a new barter network for New York creative types that helps users trade the skills or stuff they have for the ones they seek.

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