How do you bring focus to students in a system where their education is complicated by budget shortfalls, labor disputes and violent crime in their surrounding neighborhoods? Asks the Huffington Post. How do you connect the prospect of high school graduation to career success for students who’ve seen unemployment hit staggering highs? Jean-Claude Brizard wants to teach them a trade. Before he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools system, Brizard was the principal of George Westinghouse High School, a vocational school in Brooklyn, New York that turned out rappers like Lil Kim, Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls, but many of the students did not meet state academic requirements…

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