CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is asking parents think twice about moving off to the suburbs for the sake of their kids’ education.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, the mayor said, “You don’t have to leave the city to get a quality education for your kids.”

He is asking parents not to head to the suburbs when their kids reach the fifth or sixth grade.

The mayor said this past Friday that he wants to double the size of the CPS International Baccalaureate program. A recent University of Chicago study shows the program is extremely successful in preparing neighborhood high school students for college.

The IB program was expanded to a dozen neighborhood high schools in 1997. Before that, it had only been available at Lincoln Park High School.

The IB program was created in Switzerland for the diplomats’ children, and is linked to international standards.

In addition to the IB program expansion, the mayor also promises more overall choices for parents and students throughout the city.

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