[caption id="attachment_96170" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Technology companies will design the curriculum for five Chicago high schools."][/caption]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Feb. 28 touted the benefits of a new partnership with high-tech companies that will allow high school students in the city to earn free associate’s degrees, learn technology skills, and prepare for possible jobs at the firms—but he was hazy about how enrollment will be handled if the programs prove especially popular at some of the schools.

The five “early college” schools will be run by the Chicago Public Schools, but one company will...

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