At Hubbard High School, Mayor Richard M. Daley congratulates one of the 4,171 8th-graders who graduated from the summer Bridge Program, which is part of the Reform Board’s effort to end social promotion. That effort will get close scrutiny in a study to be conducted by the Consortium on Chicago School Research in cooperation with the school system. The study will examine the impact on students, their families and their schools, with preliminary results due in a year. Chicago’s policy of retaining low-scoring students has been held up as a model, so the study likely will get national attention.

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