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CLOUT: Feds Start Investigation Of Chicago Schools [updated]

Duncan_1216 The Chicago Tribune's Stephanie Banchero has learned that Federal authorities have now begun their own investigation of the Chicago schools' magnet and selective enrollment program, long rumored to give preference to connected and wealthy parents who are trying to get their children into extremely competitive public schools.  

Representatives for the Secretary didn't respond to inquiries I made last week about whether Duncan had ever been approached to help get a child into a selective school, and by whom.  I've put in additional emails today asking whether Duncan has been contacted or is part of the investigation. According to the Tribune story, a grand jury has issued a subpoena to the Board of Education.

UPDATE:  Saturday afternoon, Duncan communications chief Peter Cunningham responded by email: "The Department of Education has nothing to say at this point."


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