Six public colleges in Jacksonville, Florida, might be renamed as a result of they’re named after Accomplice leaders. The Florida Occasions-Union reported that the change to rename Joseph Finegan Elementary to Anchor Academy; Stonewall Jackson Elementary to Hidden Oaks Elementary Faculty; Jefferson Davis Center to Charger Academy; Kirby-Smith Center to Springfield Center Faculty; J.E.B. Stuart Center to Westside Center Faculty; and Robert E. Lee Excessive to Riverside Excessive Faculty would go into impact on Aug. 3, 2021. Superintendent Diana Greene gave it the inexperienced gentle of approval.
“Maintaining the names of Accomplice generals in our kids’s colleges is a slap within the face to each African American that attends these colleges,” Wells Todd of Take’Em Down Jax instructed The Florida Occasions-Union. “Those who oppose the names being modified are acknowledging their assist for the Confederacy and all that it stood for.”
First Coast Information identified that altering faculty names contains varied steps which require cash to cowl wanted bills, though funds should solely come from non-public funding or beverage contracts. The Jacksonville Public Training Fund mentioned that it’s chipping in by serving to with renaming bills. Wants embody elevating cash to cowl paint, uniforms, indicators, and even health club flooring. The fund is serving as a fiscal agent and personal donations are allowed.
The controversy over faculty names is way from over. Subsequent up for consideration: colleges named for people who negatively impacted indigenous folks. The Florida Occasions-Union additionally reported that Andrew Jackson Excessive Faculty, Jean Ribault Excessive Faculty, and Jean Ribault Center Faculty are extra colleges into consideration on a brand new renaming checklist.
A invoice launched by Ashley Smith-Juarez entails starting a course of since renaming isn’t automated. Opinions about learn how to proceed might be voiced by Superintendent Diana Greene, group members, college students, and even PTA teams.
“We started with six colleges named for Accomplice officers. We must always proceed with colleges which are named for folks answerable for systematically marginalizing and killing Indigenous folks,” Smith-Juarez mentioned, in response to The Florida-Occasions Union. “It’s the place and time within the historical past of our metropolis and our college district that we’re participating within the technique of enacting the renaming coverage for alignment to the mission, imaginative and prescient and core values of Duval County Public Faculties.”