The Dallas Independent School District School Board on Thursday began discussions of renaming its schools that hold “some sort of Confederate tie.”
About 21 schools in total were identified, though superintendent Michael Hinojosa claims four schools were top “priorities:” William L. Cabell, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Albert Sidney Johnston. According to an NBC-5 report, “[t]he board seemed to agree with starting with the four schools recommended.”
“I think the board, in essence, is pretty much together on this. Just, do we waive the current policy or not, and I want an expedient timeline. I’m looking at about two months,” Trustee Joyce Foreman said to NBC-5.
The NBC-5 report neglects to mention the full list of recommended schools up for possible name removal. Three names on the list, according to The Daily Caller, include Founding Fathers — Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin.
Dustin Marshall, a DISD board member, posted on Facebook the full list of schools under consideration for alternative names. Marshall noted he is against changing the title of the only school that’s in his district: Ben Franklin Middle School.
“I will not support a name change for Franklin since Benjamin Franklin clearly had many accomplishments that form the basis for why the school was named after him,” said Marshall. “I don’t believe this school was named after Franklin to send a signal of oppression and control.”
Reaction to Marshall’s school listing was overwhelmingly negative. A few of the comments from his Facebook post are highlighted below, as well as the embedded list of schools up for renaming:
“Sam Houston?!?! William B Travis??? Now we oppose the Texas Revolution?”
“James S Hogg was never a part of the civil war. Please make sure you guys study up on your Texas history.”
“So no founding fathers of Texas or the USA? What’s next? Remove the name LBJ highway because of poor decision to continue Vietnam war?”
“Travis and Bowie died at the Alamo, and Houston was drummed out of office because he opposed secession. What are the grounds for inclusion on this list?”
The next board meeting for the districts takes place in two weeks.
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