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Number of local black students headed to college rises

Source: suntimes.com Posted By: andrew S...4170 days ago

Five years ago, the percentage of black Chicago Public School students going on to college lagged 18 percentage points behind the nationwide average for African-Americans.

The Class of 2008 has nearly closed that gap, with nearly 54 percent of African-American high school graduates headed to college — just slightly more than a percentage point shy of black grads nationwide.

For the fourth straight year, the college enrollment rate among graduates of Chicago’s 116 public high schools is on the....

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