Do Not Prevent High School Students From Graduating

Target: Frank M. Clark, President of Chicago Board of Education

Goal: Don’t make high school students show proof of a trade school or college admission in order to graduate.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is close to implementing a new measure that would require students to enroll in a trade school or college or be accepted for a job, internship, or other vocation in order to graduate. The new rule is borrowed from charter schools and has to pass Chicago’s school board to take effect.

The measure is called “Learn, Plan, Succeed,” and critics believe it will cause more harm than good. Students who are already struggling, specifically those who are black or Hispanic, would face a much harder time getting their diplomas if this requirement goes through. Low-income students and those with a learning disability will suffer the most. Additionally, the measure serves to help for-profit universities that market heavily in the area.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has spoken out against this requirement with the belief that it will cause more budget problems where there are already many. The measure borders on racism and classism and should be stopped. Sign this petition to demand that the Chicago Board of Education not pass Emanuel’s ridiculous requirement.


Dear Mr. Clark,

Requiring students to have their next step after schooling figured out in order to gain a diploma is deplorable. If this requirement was put on college students, hardly anyone would graduate. It is unrealistic, and I am asking that you prevent the measure from passing.

The requirement will make life much harder for low-income and learning-disabled students who already have trouble just getting homework completed. Requiring them to find work or attend a school they cannot afford may cause more students to drop out or have to stay in school longer. Please do not pass “Learn, Plan, Succeed.”


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    learn, plan, succeed is good enough but not disallow them to graduate because they’re simply poor or not.

  2. Absolutely Angry says:

    Never heard of such a stupid idea! Not everyone wants to go to a trade school or college after high school nor should they be forced! This is discriminatory and complete Bullshi…. I’m so sad for the future of America and the education system.

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