“I want to thank all of the people who participated in this process
, and I want to thank the school leaders and district employees who have managed this over the last several months
,” DCPS Superintendent Dr
. Diana Greene said in an earlier ステートメント
. “We’ve had dozens of meetings
, hours of public testimony and thousands of votes.
The schools have been given new names
— Anchor Academy
, Hidden Oaks Elementary School
, Westside Middle School
, Springfield Middle School
, Charger Academy and Riverside High School
— effective August
Board member Ashley Smith Juarez requested the names of three more schools — Jean Ribault Middle School, Jean Ribault High School and Andrew Jackson High School — to be changed. Ribault and Jackson were people “responsible for systematically marginalizing and killing Indigenous people,” Juarez said in her request.
“After dozens of meetings, hours of public testimony and a massive stakeholder balloting process, the recommendation to the board was to leave those three names and to change the original Confederate six,” Duval County Public Schools spokeswoman Tracy Pierce told CNN. “The Board approved that recommendation, and those names will not change.”
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) has launched the School Renaming Fund to cover the costs of renaming the six schools. This will include painting, changing uniforms, signs and gym floors to match the schools’ new names.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have also offered $ 200,000 to pay for athletic and cheerleader uniforms for the schools undergoing the name changes, Pierce said.
Despite the verdict, the decision did not come without opposition.
As the district started holding public meetings on whether Robert E
. Lee High School should be renamed
, the discussion at those meetings grew increasingly heated.
Opponents of the renaming effort made controversial statements
といった “Jesus himself was never against slavery
” そして “You can’t cancel history.
George Floyd’s impact
The death of George Floyd has led to the removal
— by protesters in some cases and city leaders in others
— of contentious statues that have riled some residents for decades
, if not longer
, 5月に亡くなりました 25, 2020, ミネアポリスで. While being arrested
, Floyd was held down by a Minneapolis police officer’s knee for more than nine minutes
. His death sparked widespread protests across the United States
, with people calling for an end to police brutality against people of color
In the wake of Floyd’s death
, 少なくとも 168 Confederate symbols have been removed or relocated from public places
, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center
“I think we all were touched by the video recording of the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020,
” board member Warren Jones
, who sponsored the request to change the Confederate names
, said during a board meeting
. “For those of us who grew up here like myself
, I was thankful but very surprised when
[Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
] removed the Confederate statue from what was known at the time as Hemming Park
. These two events prompted me to ask this board
… to rename the six DCPS schools that are named for Confederate officers.
“It was clear to me that with the removal of Confederate monuments in Jacksonville that the focus would turn to the school board and I felt we should be proactive and examine the history of those schools named for Confederate officers,” 彼は言った.
Thousands of children across the US attend schools that bear the names of Confederate leaders who fought to preserve slavery
より多い 240 schools across the US are named in honor of Confederate leaders
, による 平等正義イニシアチブ (EJI). Approximately half of those schools serve students that are predominantly Black or non-White