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School Board Votes to Remove Names of American Heroes…

by Graham Allen Team

The school board in San Francisco has voted to change schools’ names that honor George Washington and other American leaders.

An almost unanimous vote by the school board changed the names and signage of 44 schools that honored America’s leaders.

Schools named after George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and even Abraham Lincoln are all subject to change.

The call for change cited that both Washington and Jefferson owned slaves over two hundred years ago.

Lincoln, on the other hand, faced criticism for his treatment of indigenous people, which led to the removal of his name as well.

Both reasons were enough for the school board to determine the removal of these revered American leaders.

Other schools intend to remove Francis Scott Key, author of the national anthem, former President William McKinley, James Garfield, James Monroe, Herbert Hoover, a hero to the revolutionary war Paul Revere, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

An elementary school named after democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein will change after claims she replaced a Confederate Flag that flew over City Hall in 1986 during her time as mayor.

The board acted to remove Roosevelt Middle School’s name even without reason.

Critics of the removal say that the research for removal was slim, and the board relied on Wikipedia sources. Others claimed that the local education system received little historical input or context.

The Mayor, London Breed, called the plan “offensive” and asked the board to focus on the schools to reopen during the pandemic.

“It’s offensive to me as someone who went to our public schools, who loves our public schools, and who knows how those years in the classroom are what lifted me out of poverty and into college. It’s offensive to our kids who are staring at screens day after day instead of learning and growing with their classmates and friends,” Mayor Breed said.

On Tuesday, the meeting did not cover anything to do with reopening schools for educating students during the lockdown.

Changing the signage and display of these schools will cost over 400,000 tax-payer dollars and may cost more.

The Chronicle reports that tax-payers may even be forced to foot a $1 million bill since the schools will now need new uniforms, repainting gym floors, and more.

A board member, Mark Sanchez, claims that decision is a “moral message.”

Sanchez told the Chronicle, “It’s a message to our families, our students, and our community. It’s not just symbolic.”

Another board member talked about naming schools after revered leaders and said, “I think we need to examine our naming policies across the district and really consider how the way we go about naming schools reflects our true values.”

The new names of schools will launch in April and are said to “not make heroes out of mortal folks,” said Kevine Boggess, a board member.

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