Florida school board votes to rename 6 Confederate-tied schools

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Nearly a year since the shift was first proposed, a school board in Florida met at an auditoriumto decide if they would rename nine Jacksonville schools — six with Confederate ties and three with connections to the marginalization of Indigenous people.  

Late Tuesday, Duval Country School Board members voted to rename six schools and keep three school names. The decision aligned entirely with Superintendent Diana Greene’s recommendations and community input. The names approved to change will go into effect on Aug. 3 according to a district spokesman.

“As a board and a community, we’ve done really hard things. But we can get this done,” School Board Chairwoman Elizabeth Andersen said, adding that it’s not forgetting history, but moving forward. “We know who we want to be as a school district.”

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