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2 Tulsa school officials regret voting for Lee name

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Tulsa school board members say they regret their earlier vote for an elementary school to keep the Lee surname of its previous Confederate namesake.

Board Vice President Cindy Decker and President Suzanne Schreiber voted two weeks ago in favor of changing Robert E. Lee Elementary’s name to just Lee School. The 4-3 vote left many in the community saying the change does little to fix the hurt caused by having a school named after a Confederate general and slave-owner.

Schreiber tells the Tulsa World she regrets not changing the naming process before the board could vote. Decker said Monday the new name doesn’t do enough to remedy the original name’s racist origins. Both say they’d vote differently if given the chance.

The name change is scheduled to take effect July 1.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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