Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will help dropouts in violence-plagued Chicago find jobs

Mar 18, 2016 by

Since Arne Duncan left his job as U.S. secretary of Education in December, a problem has been nagging him: the high numbers of kids dropping out of school, joining gangs and getting killed in his city, Chicago.

So he’s taken on a new job, he said Thursday, that will help him find opportunities for those kids.

As managing partner at the Emerson Collective, Duncan will be looking for ways to help “disconnected youth,” ages 17 to 24, who aren’t in school and don’t have jobs. Many have criminal records and haven’t graduated from high school.

According to a study from the Social Science Research Council, one in seven young people in America’s largest metropolitan areas fall into that category. Duncan, whose mother ran an after-school program for similar children decades ago in Chicago, says he wants to examine the factors that cause them to be disconnected and to help them get back on track.

Source: Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will help dropouts in violence-plagued Chicago find jobs – LA Times

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