School Named After Confederate Leader Will Be Renamed For Barack Obama

School Named After Confederate Leader Will Be Renamed For Barack Obama

School Named After Confederate Leader Will Be Renamed For Barack Obama

There are two other elementary schools in the district that are named after Confederate leaders, but the school district did not immediately respond to TPM's requests for comment on the status of those schools' names.

Mississippi Today reports that Jackson's school board policy requires schools to be named after "persons of good character and prominence who have made outstanding contributions to the school system". Barack Obama Magnet IB emerged as the clear winning name.

However, buildings and public institutions named for the heroes of the Confederacy and the Civil War (on the Southern side) have also received similar criticism - like the Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi. The PTA president announced the planned change at a school board meeting Tuesday.

Before the vote, students from each class at the school gave presentations on the name they most preferred.

Officials revealed the new name on Tuesday night, saying school stakeholders had voted to make the change earlier this month.

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"We really wanted to know what they thought", Jefferson said.

The prospect of changing the name of what Jefferson called the best elementary school in MS was raised by a student, she told NBC News. It had previously been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and consistently receives "A" ratings from the Mississippi Department of Education, Jefferson told McClatchy.

A demographic breakdown of Davis Magnet's enrollment for the 2017 school lists 98 percent of the school's students as black. "Having a school where there was input from parents, teachers and students - along with the school board - it seems like a model for how these decisions should be approached across the country".

It's unknown how expensive the name change will be, she said.

Interim board president Camille Stutts-Simms said she approved of the change and described it as a "monumentous move".

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