Two San Francisco-area elementary schools named after early Presidents and founding fathers of the United States George Washington and Thomas Jefferson will be renamed. The Berkeley Unified School District Board voted to rename Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools last week, in a unanimous measure that also endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement.
The school board cited the early presidents’ ownership of slaves as the rationale for renaming the schools. In the resolution, the board also pledged to find and remove other statues and monuments commemorating early American history from school properties.
Leftists had earlier sought to rename the Jefferson Elementary School in 2005, failing to pass a measure in a referendum.