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Video: Fairfax County Public School Board Votes to Change Name of JEB Stuart High School

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I watched this debate for a while last night, including citizens’ comments (some were dressed as Civil War reenactors) – for and against changing the name of JEB Stuart High School in Fairfax County – and the Board debate over a substitute motion to not decide the issue last night. In the end, the School Board voted (7-2 with two abstentions) to do the right thing, which is to change the name from a Confederate general to something far more appropriate for a diverse county in the year 2017. Great work by the students who pushed for this change and also those on the School Board (e.g., Sandy Evans, Pat Hynes, Dalia Palchik, Ryan McElveen, Ilryong Moon, Jane Strauss) who listened. Republican Tom Wilson was particularly crazy last night, rambling about how great JEB Stuart was, that there was even a NY Times obituary – WTF?) and right-wing Republican Elizabeth Schultz didn’t surprise. The people I don’t get are Democrats Megan McLaughlin, Karen Corbett Sanders and Tamara Derenak Kaufax — with Democrats like that (at least last night), who needs Republicans? I’ll post more video from the debate later, when it’s available…

UPDATE: Here’s the full video…

  • RobertColgan

    So………they’re going to change it to Nguyễn Cao Kỳ High?

    • Who?

      • woodrowfan

        a military leader of another failed southern state, in this case. South Vietnam. He lived in California though, not Northern Va. They could call the school mascot the Ky High Cowboys! (Ky was called a “cowboy’ for his over-the-top style)

  • LaureenMT

    The name will be chosen through a community process and will take effect in the 2019-20 School Year. Karen Corbett Sanders voted in favor of the motion, though she had originally wanted a delay.

    • Hopefully the community comes up with a fitting name (e.g., NOT “Stuart High School”). Glad to see Corbett Sanders voted the right way in the end…

      • John Farrell

        I nominate George Henry Thomas – a Virginian who fought for the United States during the Rebellion and against the KKK during Reconstruction.

        His nickname was “The Rock of Chickamauga” for holding the against rebel attack.

  • John Farrell

    Let us hope that Tammy is right and that Lee High School is next.