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Chicago Schools get Money for College Training

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The world’s richest man wants to raise the bar at some Chicago public schools. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation yesterday announced a $16 million education grant. Part will go to college prep at four high schools in Chicago.

Jim Shelton with the foundation says the school system has been very receptive to the program.

“There’s need all over the country and we do work all over the country. But it’s not often that you combine that need folks that you believe have the capacity and the will to get it done,” he says.

The Gates foundation is teaming up with the College Board to help train students adding emphasis on Advanced Placement courses, standardized test preparation, and individual counseling. The College Board is the maker of AP and SAT tests.

Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Morgan Park, and Al Raby high schools are part of the initiative that begins when schools open on Tuesday.

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