Jackson, Miss. school ditching Jefferson Davis name to instead honor Barack Obama

Mississippi school named after Jefferson Davis to change name to ...

A Mississippi Elementary School Named For The President Of The Confederacy Will Be Renamed After Obama

During the 2016-17 school year, the last for which enrollment figures are available, JPS' student population was 96 percent black. Education Week also found that almost 60 percent of students at schools named for Obama qualified for free or reduced lunch. Barack Obama Magnet IB emerged as the clear winning name. Parents, students and school staff were given two weeks to submit recommendations, and they voted using paper ballots on October 5.

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.

"Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him", Davis Magnet IB PTA President Janelle Jefferson told the board.

Davis Magnet appears to be the first school in MS to be named after former president Obama.

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Students from every class researched and gave presentations about their candidates at an assembly before the vote, Jefferson said.

Despite initial doubts, Turner stated on October 17 that the school would be able to change its name beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

It's unknown how expensive the name change will be, she said. After the Confederate surrender, he was accused of treason and imprisoned for two years, but never tried.

Nationally, schools names and statues depicting Confederate leaders have come under fire in recent years, during a wave of backlash against the honoring of Confederate symbols. increasingly, towns throughout the country have moved to take down memorials of Southern military leaders who fought to maintain slavery and separate from the union. The students, parents and teachers believe the new name is more fitting for the predominantly black school.

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