IBM finances revamp of Chicago tech high schools

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CHICAGO (AP) — IBM has awarded the Chicago Public Schools a $400,000 “challenge grant” to reshape the curriculum of five high schools and retrain their teachers to focus on math, science and technology “jobs of tomorrow.”

CHICAGO (AP) — IBM has awarded the Chicago Public Schools a $400,000 "challenge grant" to reshape the curriculum of five high schools and retrain their teachers to focus on math, science and technology "jobs of tomorrow."

The schools will be modeled after a New York high school supported by IBM that allows students to attend grades nine through 14, and graduating with an associate degree in computer sciences. However, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city’s schools will not include two extra years of high schools, adding he has other plans for what he called Tuesday Grades 13 and 14.

Emanuel says he is pleased the computer maker is not just "writing a check," but will dedicate staff and make sure the right principals and teachers are in place offering a full education.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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