Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff, has abandoned plans to name a new high school after his old boss.
The short-lived Barack Obama College Preparatory High School, which is slated to open in the fall of 2017, will now go by a different name, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school,” Emanuel said in a statement, according to DailyCaller.com. “We take that community input seriously, which is why — as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama — we will look for other possible names for this future school.”
The move is a political one that observers say is designed to help Emanuel’s reelection bid next year, but it may also be a reflection of Obama’s falling approval rating.