Dallas school district rethinking effort to rename schools

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Posted: Sep 19, 2017 12:06 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas school district is narrowing its focus as it looks to rename some schools bearing the names of Confederate figures.

The Dallas Morning News reports the Dallas Independent School District initially planned to research more than 20 historical figures to see if their ties to the Confederacy or slavery should prompt a school name change.

That list included names like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

District leaders now say they're focusing only on schools named after Confederate generals. A vote on four school names is expected later this month.

Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde says the district wants to quickly take action on names with a more significant negative meaning.

Board President Dan Micciche says the district is trying to respond to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com