NEISD School Board Will Discuss Name of Robert E. Lee High School

The future of the name of Robert E. Lee High School is now officially up for discussion.

News Radio 1200 WOAI reports the North East ISD Board of Education Wednesday night officials approved the school's name as an action item, to appear on a future school board agenda.

The name of the high school has been controversial for years.  

Back in 1991, the school district removed the Confederate battle flag as it's school flag.  Two years ago, in the wake of the racist Dylann Roof shootings in Charleston South Carolina, the Board of Education considered, but rejected, an effort to change the name.  That effort was boosted by former Mayor and then Housing Secretary Julian Casto.

But now, both sides on the argument are readying petitions, students and alumni who want the name changed, and those who are also circulating petitions demanding that the Robert E. Lee name be changed.

The new debate comes as all Confederate related monuments and memorials are under fire following the Charlottesville Virginia incident three weeks ago.

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