Tyler ISD board tables vote on school name change for Robert E. Lee

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - After more than a year of discussion throughout the community and the Tyler Independent School District board, a decision about amending the name of Robert E. Lee High School was tabled.


The school board went into executive session at 6 p.m., followed by the public meeting which began at 7 p.m. Dozens of citizens on both sides of the issue spoke in a long session that included other agenda items in addition to the name change discussion. 

At 11:20 p.m., it was finally decided by board members to table the discussion. The board said they would like to do further research into names for the school if the decision were to be made to change it, and not simply choose Lee as a name, which was one idea that some had thought might work.

Community discussion regarding the name change started last fall when the discussion over Confederate monuments began nationwide. Some parents and members of the community felt the legacy of Robert E. Lee was not one that should be tied to a school. Others felt it honored history and shouldn't be changed.

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