CPS school planning 100% graduation rate

April 1, 2008 9:18:27 PM PDT
Some special programs are showing success. At Community Links High School on Chicago's Southwest Side, they are celebrating a 100 percent graduation rate in part due to small class sizes.

"That takes a lot of work. And really I think what helps us is working, really, alongside parents, community, a student's family along the course of their high school career," said Principal Francisco Borras, Community Links High School.

They provide educational support, so that if you don't know what's going on in your studies, that they'll help you out with no problem. They have no problem staying after school anything like that. But also, they provide personal support," said Francisco Munoz, student.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan said he sees some positives in the report - graduation rates are on the rise here and the dropout rates are dropping.

"We still have a heck of a long way to go. We're pushing very, very hard to put in place some plans that'll help us continue to dramatically reduce the dropout rate and dramatically increase the graduation rate," Duncan said.

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