Chicago schools have a high dropout rate. In fact estimates have it hovering just above 40 percent. On top of that, it was a difficult school year that included the city’s first teachers strike in 25 years and the closure of 50 schools. Still this year saw a record number of Chicago public school graduates. But Magic Johnson feels there is more work needs to be done. And he is putting his money behind the effort.
The former NBA player turned business mogul has announced plans to build alternative schools for high school dropouts and students at risk of not graduating, reports Black America Web. The academies are free for the students to attend.
Johnson is opening two Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies in the South Shore and North/South Lawndale neighborhoods of Chicago, according to NBC. The new schools target 13-to-21-year-old students by offering classes compatible to their schedule, lifestyle and learning needs.
“Magic Johnson Bridgescape provides students who have dropped out or are at-risk of dropping out of school, with a free alternative path to earn a high school diploma in an environment that fits their schedule, life circumstances and learning needs,”says the website.
Johnson already has 15 academies up and running across the country, with the majority located in Ohio. There are also schools in Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina,
The new Chicago branches open this fall.