The San Francisco Unified School District voted to rename 44 schools named after controversial public figures including former Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as current Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein.
The school district, with more than 57,000 students, is renaming schools named after historical figures who have been associated with “the subjugation or enslavement of people, the oppression of women … or those whose actions led to genocide, or those who otherwise significantly reduced the ability of people to enjoy the right to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness, ”the text of the resolution says.
The district council approved the plan with 6 votes in favor and one against.
The renaming included, in particular, Abraham Lincoln High School, George Washington High School, Diane Feinstein Elementary School, Roosevelt High School, Jefferson Elementary School and others.
Lincoln made the list for “his treatment of indigenous peoples,” teacher Jeremiah Jeffries told the San Francisco Chronicle. Washington and Jefferson were slave owners.
New school names will be announced later.