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Obama: American High Schools Must Innovate

President Barack Obama on Monday said America must develop innovative ways to redesign high school education so that students remain competitive in the global job market.

“You guys are all coming up in an age when you’re not going to be able to compete with people across town for good jobs,” Obama told students at Bladensburg High School in Maryland. “You’re going to be competing with the rest of the world.”

The high school is one of 24 recipients of a new federal grant meant to reward innovative education ideas that can better prepare students for both college and the job market. The grant, called Youth CareerConnect, will award more than $100 million to school and partner institutions throughout the country.

“Part of the reason we have to do this now is because other countries, they’ve got a little bit of a lead on us in some of these areas,” Obama said.

Monday’s announcement is the latest in a series of executive actions the White House has taken to bypass Congressional gridlock. On Tuesday, the president will announce executive actions geared toward promoting economic opportunities for women.