CPS admits graduation rates inflated for past 4 years

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CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools inflated their graduation rate for the past four years.

CPS now says only 66 percent of its seniors graduated, not the 69 percent it reported while Mayor Rahm Emanuel was running for re-election.

Furthermore, CPS knew the correct numbers three months before the mayoral election, but withheld them.

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool characterizes it as a “statistical error,” and insists that the school system is still gradually improving its graduation rate.

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