From Lee to LEE: San Antonio-area District Renames High School Honoring Confederate General, Sort of

On Monday, San Antonio's North East ISD selected a new name for Robert E. Lee High School.Well, "new" is stretching things a bit.According to an article from the San Antonio Express-News, the board voted 5-2 to change the name of Lee to Legacy of Education Excellence High School.L.E.E.From the Express-News' Lauren Caruba:"Board President Shannon Grona made the motion, which also maintains the Volunteers as the school's mascot, calling it a compromise that would retain the school's history while minimizing the complication and expense of reprinting and repainting a new name."We can honor the legacy of the past," Grona said. "It is my hope that changing the name to Legacy of Educational Excellence will minimize the financial burden and help the community heal."Edd White, a trustee who voted to rename the school when the board first grappled with the issue two years ago, said keeping Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee associated with the school in any form defeated the idea of changing the school's culture."I just think we're trying to put lipstick on a pig if you're gonna still have the acronym LEE," he said."In August, when the NEISD board voted 7-0 to begin the name change process, Grona - the board president - didn't seem too fired up about it. She voted against a name change in 2015, but said she felt compelled to make a change this time to "take the target off our backs." "It is so frustrating to me that things that aren't even happening in North East (ISD) or San Antonio or even Texas are once again causing us to discuss the name of Lee High School," Grona said in August.This is what Dallas ISD was trying to avoid with its name change resolution that passed last month, which prohibited schools from using some derivation of the current name.  Continue reading...

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