Politics

Barack Obama School in New Jersey to Close

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

President Obama has vowed to improve education in our country, but whatever he does will be too little, too late for a school that bears his name -- it is shutting down.

The Asbury Park Press reports that the Barack H. Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park, New Jersey will close down after this school year because of low enrollment.

The report said the school district had to close one of its elementary schools for financial reasons, and the Obama school was chosen because enrollment had dropped 35% in the past 10 years.

What used to be called the Bangs Avenue School was changed to honor Obama only last year. At the time, the district was criticized for focusing too much on the name and not enough on the students.

However, the local resident who spearheaded the drive believed the name alone would inspire students, saying it would "send a subliminal message" to them.

"Every time they walk through the school doors, there's going to be a certain amount of pride in where they go to school," Myra Campbell told the Star-Ledger in 2009. "We now move forward in trying what we can to improve the academic skills of the students and also the social skills."

Well, that didn't work. So in the fall the 1,000 students will be reassigned to other schools that do not have presidential names.