From Chicago Tribune:

The U.S. Department of Education announced this month that CPS was one of 31 finalists for the district-level competition that provides funding aimed at improving student learning, closing the achievement gap and improving the skills of teachers at school systems throughout the country. CPS’s grant proposal calls for a greater focus on helping eighth-grade students make a smooth transition to high school so they stay in school and graduate on time, ready for college or a career.