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City Votes Unanimously To Rename Three Confederate Schools For $40,000

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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter

An Oklahoma school board voted unanimously Monday to rename three Confederate schools, an action which will cost the district $40,000.

The Oklahoma City, Okla. school board voted 7-0 to rename schools named after Gens. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Isaac Stand Watie, reported Fox25 News.

“As the district begins the input process to determine the names these facilities will bear moving forward, I hope to use it as a teachable moment for our students and to establish a positive image and a sense of pride for these school communities to carry them into the future,” said Aurora Lora, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, in a statement.

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” said Larry Logan of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, reported Koco 5 News.

The school district opened a survey, which can be accessed here, to rename the schools. The board plans to vote on new names in May 2018. A board member reported he knew a private donor who would fund the renaming so the school district would not have to allocate money from its budget, according to Koco 5 News.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the school board members for comment, but received none in time for press.

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