Chicago’s New Requirement for High School Students: No Plan, No Diploma
CHICAGO, Illinois -- A product of Chicago's South Side, DeAvion Gillarm will be the first in his family to attend college. "I always had a plan," said Gillarm, a Morgan Park High School graduate headed to Lincoln College next month. "You're not going to be successful without a plan." Under a controversial new requirement, starting in 2020, students hoping to graduate from a public high school in Chicago must provide evidence they, too, have a plan for the future: either acceptance to college or a gap-year program, a trade apprenticeship, military enlistment or a job offer.