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CPS graduates to receive upper hand in city hiring

Updated: September 29, 2012 9:28PM

High school graduates of Chicago Public Schools would receive an upper hand when applying for the jobs with the city under a new initiative announce Saturday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“This new hiring preference encourages our students to stay in school and get their diploma so they are prepared for college and a career,” Emanuel said.

The city’s Department of Human Resources plans to make sure at least 20 percent of candidates considered for jobs with the city are CPS graduates, according to a written statement from the Mayor’s Office.

When applying, candidates can provide a diploma or transcript as proof of graduating from a CPS school, the release said.

The CPS high school graduation rate has increased within the past five years with the 2011-2012 school year projected be the highest at 60.6 percent, the release said.

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