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Poverty and Segregation: Why Chicago's Middle Class Ditches Public Education

Liz Dwyer

A full 85 percent of public school students in Chicago come from low income backgrounds, but only 52 percent of the city's families with kids under 18 are poor. So where are all those middle class kids going? Some attend parochial and private schools, but for many families, instead of sending their kids to predominantly minority and low income schools—particularly at the secondary level—moving to the suburbs has become the norm. Three families tell the Chicago Reader about the decision to flee.

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