Alexia Fernández Campbell
Chicago Public Schools has a new requirement for its 435,000 students: To graduate, they must prove they have a post-graduation plan. That means a college acceptance letter, a job offer, military orders, or enrollment in a job training program.

The idea of making students go through an extra hurdle to graduate sparked some criticism in the press when it was first reported in April, especially because Chicago schools already have a lower-than-average graduation rate. Some critics worried that the new requirement would hold back students who are already struggling to pass their classes.