Mississippi's Jefferson Davis Elementary School Renamed In Honor Of Obama

Mississippi's Jefferson Davis Elementary School Renamed In Honor Of Obama

Mississippi's Jefferson Davis Elementary School Renamed In Honor Of Obama

The new name will not go into effect until the 2018-19 school year, but it is something to look forward to in the coming year! "We really wanted to know what they thought", she said. Instead, they'll attend one named after America's first black commander-in-chief: Barack Obama. "This has a great impact on them, because [Obama] is who they chose out of anybody else they could. He was their Number One choice".

The board's attorney, Dorian Turner, was unsure at the time if they had the legal power to change the schools' names.

Under threat of a state takeover after an audit found violations of accreditation standards, Jackson's school board handed the responsibility of renaming schools over to PTA groups in September. Well, the students at Jefferson Davis Magnet School in MS know what that's like. Students from each class at the school gave presentations on their favorite pick. Jefferson declined to identify the other names under consideration, saying the school wished to focus on the new name going forward. It also states that a "facility named to honor a person shall not be renamed except for compelling reasons".

A demographic breakdown by SchoolDigger.com identifies 95 percent of the K-5 school's 2017 student body as African-American. "Having a school where there was input from parents, teachers and students - along with the school board - it seems like a model for how these decisions should be approached across the country".

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McGraw said: "It shows that we don't need to shy away from exploring these controversial topics".

It's unknown how expensive the name change will be, she said. It had previously been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and consistently receives "A" ratings from the Mississippi Department of Education, Jefferson told McClatchy.

"I wholeheartedly agree with the name", said Board President Camille Simms.

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