Name change proposal of three Oklahoma schools lacks support

The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - September 12, 2017 12:09 pm

This is Stand Watie Elementary School, one of four elementary schools in the Oklahoma City district in Oklahoma City, Okla. named after Confederate generals.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Principals of three Oklahoma schools named after Confederate generals say there’s little support among parents to change the names of the facilities.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora said last month following racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that some facility names don’t “reflect our values in 2017.”

Stand Watie Elementary Principal Theressa Manzanedo and Jackson Enterprise Elementary School Principal Patrick Duffy say they’ve had few parents give an opinion on the name change. Lee Elementary School Principal Amy Daugherty says changing the facility’s name isn’t a priority for her school based on community feedback from staff and parents.

Lora plans to present a plan for community engagement to the school board on Sept. 25. Board members will decide whether to change the names of the schools.


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