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This article examines the role different high schools in Chicago Public Schools play in providing students with the type of knowledge needed to better prepare them for success in a globalized society. As Chicago strives to solidify itself as a global city, its need to educate youth for a new economy are clear. The global economy demands that students are educated in science, technology, engineering, and math, world languages, expanded cultural perspectives, and attend a four-year college. Through a comparative analysis of the academic programming features at Chicago's selective enrollment and neighborhood high schools, this study will answer the question: to what extent do the learning opportunities provided to students at different CPS high schools mirror the stratified workforce of the global economy? This research looks at how district-wide policies translate into different learning opportunities for students and the impact those differences have on postsecondary success in a global city.

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