Which explains why a school in MS, which bears the name of the Confederate leader who was later arrested for treason, would be anxious to revamp its moniker. Davis is named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.
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Mississippi Today reported that Davis IB Elementary School PTA president Janelle Jefferson, announced to the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees, Tuesday night that the community voted to change the school's name to Barack Obama Magnet IB Elementary School.
However, buildings and public institutions named for the heroes of the Confederacy and the Civil War (on the Southern side) have also received similar criticism - like the Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi. Such a ruling would result in state control of the schools, meaning that the board of trustees would not meet for a while, The Clarion-Ledger reports.
President Obama reflects a type of person "who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves", according to the school's PTA president. Students from each class at the school gave presentations on their favorite pick. Thankfully, one school in Jackson, Mississippi is making progress. The school's student body is 98 percent black.
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They added: "Someone called 911, paramedics came and took Gerard to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries". The Scottish heart-throb said was taken to an area hospital after the accident, and described his injuries as "painful".
"Even the kindergartners participated", she said.
Davis, a former USA senator and secretary of war, served as president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865.
About 20 schools across the United States are named for Obama, the nation's first black president, according to Education Week.
The name change will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. "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".