No, not high as in stoned; high as in high school.
Chicago students vying for hard-to-get spots in the city’s most competitive public high schools will get a new selective enrollment high school named after President Barack Obama.
For parents frustrated with a gut-wrenching process that some have compared to getting their child into an Ivy League school, 300 additional freshmen seats come as welcome news.
For Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the announcement, coupled with an earlier University of Chicago study released Thursday showing more freshmen are on track to graduate high school, was an opportunity to celebrate a new course for Chicago Public Schools.
“For the first time in the city of Chicago, I get to say that (U.S. Education) Secretary (William) Bennett, who in 1987 said the city of Chicago is the worst public school system in America, you’re wrong. Dead wrong,” Emanuel said.
And it only took you 27 years. Way to go, Chi-ca-go! But some people still aren’t happy:
Mayoral critics noted the $60 million high school was announced a day after CPS voted to turn over management of three failing schools in impoverished neighborhoods on the city’s West and South Sides to a private organization. They contend that instead of investing more resources in top-tier schools that serve a small number of students, the money should be used to help neighborhood schools across the city, many of which saw severe budget cuts this school year.
Some also wondered why Obama College Prep was not being built on the South Side in the president’s Kenwood neighborhood or in the community where First Lady Michelle Obama grew up, rather than among well-to-do North Siders.
Remember, Obama is half white, too. He represents all of us. Besides, he likes the Cubs as much as the White Sox:
Wow. “South Side kid”? He didn’t set foot in Chicago until he went there to organize communities at 24. No wonder he can’t remember a single ChiSox name. (The announcers let him off easy—I would have loved to hear him squirm trying to name any Oakland As players: “Uh… the truth is, I liked a lot of Giants, too…”)