Elementary School To Drop Confederate Name For Obama

Elementary School To Drop Confederate Name For Obama

Which explains why a school in MS, which bears the name of the Confederate leader who was later arrested for treason, would be anxious to revamp its moniker.

State rankings show the magnet school is the top academic performer of all elementary and middle schools in Mississippi.

Former President Barack Obama speaks in NY on September 20.

On Tuesday evening, a predominately black MS elementary school announced that it would be changing its name from "Jefferson Davis" to "Barack Obama".

The possibility of being unable to meet in the near future prompted the board to take up the issue of renaming the three Confederate-named schools in their district - Davis Magnet, Lee Elementary and George Elementary - to something that Jefferson says "fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves". Such a ruling would result in state control of the schools, meaning that the board of trustees would not meet for a while, The Clarion-Ledger reports.

Jefferson informed trustees Tuesday that the school community had voted in favor of the new name October 5.

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The decision to change the name was made following a vote on Tuesday by the school's Parent-Teacher association. Jefferson declined to identify the other names under consideration, saying the school wished to focus on the new name going forward.

About 96 percent of students in Jackson Public Schools are African-American.

It's unknown how expensive the name change will be, she said. Davis was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The names of famous confederate leaders, meanwhile, can be found on campuses across the state.

Students from each class were able to give presentations on the name they most preferred.

The violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last month intensified the debate over what place Confederate memorials have in society.

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