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OKCPS votes to change names of three schools named after Confederate generals

OKCPS votes to change names of three schools named after Confederate generals

In a 7-0 vote, the Oklahoma City Pubic Schools School Board voted to rename three schools named after Confederate Leaders.

The unanimous decision came at the school board meeting Monday night.

"On October 23, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education voted to move forward with changing the names of three elementary schools originally dedicated to Confederate leaders: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Isaac Stand Watie. As the district begins the input process to determine the names these facilities will bear moving forward, I hope to use it as a teachable moment for our students and to establish a positive image and a sense of pride for these school communities to carry them into the future," Superintendent Aurora Lora said in a statement.

Originally it was reported that it would cost $50,000 per school to change the name. At a presentation Monday night, it was stated that it would cost $40,000 total to rename all three schools. The district says it is confident they can raise enough money without taxing resources.

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