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Taxpayers Slam Multi-Million Dollar Plans to Rename Houston Schools

Outraged taxpayers, parents, alumni, and community watchdog groups held a press conference at the Houston Independent School District offices Wednesday to protest the school board’s plans to spend millions in taxpayer dollars to rename eight schools. They feel the money would be better spent on the students.

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Robert E. Lee Elementary to Be Renamed over Public Objections

Eleven months after California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) pressured the San Diego Unified School District to change the name of San Diego’s Robert E. Lee Elementary, school officials are pushing forward with the change, and despite calls from the public to keep the name.

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Cash-Strapped Texas School District Dumps 7 Confederate-Tied Campus Names

Controversy erupted at the cash-strapped Houston Independent School District Thursday when the board of trustees voted to change the names of seven of its schools originally named for Confederate war figures. At issue is how trustees handled the process, which left many Houstonians feeling disenfranchised and worried about the astronomical costs associated with the name changes. Some may sue.

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Texas School Board Ignores Arabic Connection to Slavery — Renames Other Schools

The protest organizer at an Arabic Immersion Magnet School says it is ironic that the seventh largest school district in the U.S. is ignoring the Arabic culture’s “long and ongoing culture of enslavement” while stripping names off of schools of anyone connected with the Confederacy or slavery (and spending millions to do so).

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Changing Name of Texas Public School Will Cost Taxpayers $500K

HOUSTON, Texas — Changing the name of just one middle school in Texas will cost Houston taxpayers almost $500,000. Some Houston taxpayers are not happy about the cost of the name change, and some former students, parents of students, and current students at the middle school are not happy about the name change either.

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Removal of Confederate Symbols Turns Nasty in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (Associated Press) — Backlash against a plan to remove prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans has been tinged by death threats, intimidation and even what may have been the torching of a contractor’s Lamborghini.

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More Texas School Districts Seek to Erase Confederate History

More Texas school districts seek to erase their Confederate history by rebranding campuses with politically correct names. This reality, sparked by the 2015 tragic, fatal shootings of nine black church parishioners in South Carolina, has only been exacerbated by images that surfaced of the shooter with the Confederate flag.

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Donor for Confederate Statue Removal in New Orleans Remains Anonymous

Calling the city’s Confederate monuments “false history,” New Orleans’s Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin revealed that a private citizen is footing the entire bill for the removal of four of the city’s decades-old statues erected to memorialize several Confederate leaders and one battle.

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