A press release from the Fall Church, VA school board:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2020
The Falls Church School Board voted unanimously on December 8 to rename Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and George Mason High School.
The vote follows a six-month-long process, which included hours of public hearings, hundreds of submitted written public comments, and a survey of the community to inform the Board’s decision.
“The Board took seriously the viewpoints and concerns raised by many students, parents, staff, and community members,” said School Board Chair Greg Anderson. “We thank everyone who shared their perspectives with us and will be mindful of your comments as we now begin selecting names that reflect the diversity of opinions in our community. Our schools must be places where all students, staff, and community members feel safe, supported, and inspired.”
What names will replace them? I’m leaning toward Mohammed Atta Elementary School and Tokyo Rose High School, but I could see Kim Il-sung and Sirhan Sirhan. But not Colonel Gaffaffee and the Ayatollah: they deserve their own junior colleges, at least.