Chicago to name school after Obama

 

The city of Chicago on Thursday announced plans for construction of a $60-million selective-enrollment high school that would be named for President Obama.

The 1,200-student Barack Obama College Preparatory High School would be built in Stanton Park, blocks away from the former site of the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

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The project was announced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as the president's first chief of staff.

The White House has placed an emphasis on redesigning high school curriculum to focus more on math and science, and better preparing students for expanding career fields.

At an event earlier this month at a high school in Maryland, Obama said that with a more "sophisticated" economy, students had to learn new skills.

"Part of our concern has been our high schools, a lot of them were designed with curriculums based on the 1940s and ‘50s and ‘60s, and haven't been updated," Obama said. "So the idea behind this competition is how do we start making high school, in particular, more interesting, more exciting, more relevant to young people."