Daniel Boone Elementary is the newest Chicago faculty to vary its name to take away a reference to a traditionally “egregious” determine.
The Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously to authorize the college’s renaming. Out of a checklist of names chosen by the West Ridge faculty’s principal and Local School Council, with neighborhood suggestions, the elementary faculty will begin the following faculty year beneath a new name: Mosaic School of Fine Arts.
The name change course of started in January, after the CPS fairness office decided that Daniel Boone — a Revolutionary War-era frontiersman who was lengthy thought-about a people hero however was additionally a slave proprietor who performed a function in the colonization of Indigenous individuals — was a “historically egregious figure.” CPS’ name formal name change course of remains to be present process revisions however goals to replicate a faculty’s mission and imaginative and prescient, the district stated.
The course of for Boone concerned the creation of a renaming advisory group, which hosted 4 neighborhood boards to suggest names. The three names ranked and advisable by the college had been Mosaic, Haven and Sarah Boone.
At Wednesday’s vote, CPS advisable renaming the college the neighborhood’s first alternative, which the board unanimously authorized.
“Chicago Public Schools is a welcoming District that works to create an inclusive and respectful school environment for every student. We continue to undertake the work to ensure that our school names are inclusive and represent CPS values,” a spokesperson for CPS stated in a assertion.
Another CPS faculty whose former namesake was racist scientist Louis Agassiz just lately modified its name to Harriet Tubman School.
In the Boone case, the CPS fairness office wrote that a new name for the college was warranted due to the the college namesake’s “relationship with native/Indigenous colonization and dehumanization, as well as being a slave owner of African American people.”
The new name, Mosaic, goals to “better reflect their school community’s value on diversity, equity, and inclusion,” the CPS spokesperson stated.