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School to ditch Confederate namesake, renamed after Obama

July 19 2018, 05:19 | Guillermo Bowen

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More than a dozen other schools across the country are named after the former commander-in-chief, mostly educational institutions with a large minority population among its students. Education Week also found that almost 60 percent of students at schools named for Obama qualified for free or reduced lunch.

A Jackson elementary school will change its name from one that honors Confederate leader Jefferson Davis (left) to one that honors former President Barack Obama.

A public elementary school in MS named after the president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States. On Tuesday, PTA President Janelle Jefferson revealed the community had spoken, saying the school's new name would be that of President Barack Obama. Critics of the school names and statues say they are accolades to the region's racist past, while supporters assert they represent history and should be preserved. Students from each class at the school gave presentations on their favorite pick.

A demographic breakdown of Davis Magnet's enrollment for the 2017 school lists 98 percent of the school's students as black.

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It's unknown how expensive the name change will be, she said.

Instead of being referred to as Davis Magnet IB, the campus will now be known as Barack Obama Magnet IB, or International Baccalaureate. 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. Davis was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Board counsel Dorian Turner said the new name will not go into effect until the 2018-19 school year.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump ignited controversy when he compared the removal of Mr Lee's statue to one of George Washington - three days after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville erupted into deadly violence.

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