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4 Houston schools with Confederate names to get new monikers
HOUSTON (AP) — Trustees of the largest school district in Texas have decided that four campuses with Confederate names will get new monikers.
The Houston Independent School District board voted Thursday night to rename Robert E. Lee High School plus three middle schools — Henry Grady, Richard Dowling and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.
A committee at each school — including a teacher, a parent, a student and alumni — will propose a new name, with recommendations to trustees.
Confederate symbols nationwide are facing review over concerns about racism. James Douglas, president of the NAACP of Houston, urged the board to drop Confederate loyalists from school names.
One critic of changing names, Howard Moon, says a lot of people are getting tired of political correctness.
The Houston ISD has about 215,000 students at 283 schools.
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