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Confederate-Linked Schools Could Get New Names

Also, at the meeting, the HISD board voted to keep the current tax rate of about $1.19 for $100 of assessed property value.

Entrance sign that reads"Robert E. Lee Sr. High Home of the generals
The Lee High School Entrance.

Schools named after Confederate heroes in Houston could get new names, after the Houston school board changed its policy Thursday night.

The new policy requires names to respect cultural differences and values and also allows the board to start the process to rename a school if it doesn’t meet those standards.

The change could impact about half a dozen schools named after Confederate leaders, such as Lee High School and Dowling Middle School.

Board president Rhonda Skillern-Jones pushed for the measure

Back in the summer, Skillern-Jones said that it doesn’t make sense for schools to be named after Confederate figures, especially when those schools serve mostly students of color.

“These people systemically, through a system of slavery, oppressed an entire race of people. They systematically excluded them from being educated,” she said.

The new school naming policy also allows the board to name a facility in honor of an individual, group or business when a major capital donation is made worth at least $7.5 million.

Also, at the meeting, the HISD board voted to keep the current tax rate of about $1.19 for $100 of assessed property value.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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