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Chicago Tribune illustration (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Public Schools is making computer science a core subject instead of an elective at city high schools.

As part of a plan to increase access for students to learn computer science skills, the district is creating a comprehensive K-12 computer science education plan that teaches students tools on how to build computer applications and programs at the elementary level and then has them take computer science as a core subject in high school. CPS says high schools will offer at least one computer science class.

Through a partnership with a non-profit, code.org, CPS is getting a free computer science curriculum and professional development for staff.

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