Houston school board OKs $1.2M to remove Confederate names

Houston schools could need $1.2M to remove Confederate namesHOUSTON (AP) — Trustees of the biggest school district in Texas have approved more than $1.2 million to finance the renaming of eight campuses previously named for Confederate leaders.

The Houston Independent School District board voted Thursday to approve the request from interim superintendent Ken Huewitt. The money is needed to cover such expenses as replacing sports and band uniforms to reflect the new identities.

Supporters of the change say the new names would represent modern values and diversity. Some taxpayers in June filed a lawsuit alleging lack of transparency over the cost to rename the schools.

HISD has about 213,000 students.

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