Record number of students graduate from Chicago public high schools

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A record number of students graduated from Chicago Public High Schools.

The graduation rate from the 2013-2014 academic season was 69.4%. That's up four percent from one year ago.

At a back-to-school breakfast at 51st and Keeler Tuesday morning, Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett touted the progress.

“We read, we hear that there’s so much wrong in our district, in our city, in our country, and in this world. But despite the challenges that we face right here in Chicago, there’s so much to celebrate,” said Byrd-Bennett.

She also shared several new, positive statistics.

She pointed out a record 174 schools were rated "Level 1."

She also highlighted 40 schools came off probation, student attendance is up in every grade, and suspensions and expulsions were down.

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