Students, alumni and community members of six Duval County schools want to change their names, and three schools’ communities want to keep their names. Those are the result of Wednesday’s ballot tallies at the county Supervisor of Elections Office.
School administrators and members of Jacksonville’s School Board have been receiving a barrage of emails the past few days, all of them asking the same question: Does Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) believe that Black Lives Matter?
Tensions flared in a community meeting Thursday night, where the majority Black student body of Jacksonville’s Robert E. Lee High School and a group of mainly white alumni argued over whether to rename the Riverside-area school.
WJCT News received word Wednesday morning that students of Jacksonville’s Robert E. Lee Senior High School planned to walk out of class in protest over their school’s name. But the scheduled time came and went, with no walkout.