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In the News: Whites get more spots at top Chicago high schools

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Catalyst Chicago

An analysis by the Chicago Sun-Time shows that more spots are going to white students at the city’s top four public high schools. At Walter Payton College Prep on the Near North Side, more than 41 percent of freshmen admitted the past four years have been white, compared to 29 percent in 2009, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of CPS data has found.

And at Whitney Young College Prep on the Near West Side, the percentage of black freshmen has steadily declined in the past three years, while the percentage of whites has risen.

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