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Texas school district considers renaming schools named after Franklin, Jefferson, and Madison

Are the names of American history figures such as Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson racist? That’s the question one school district in Texas is examining.

What’s going on?

According to The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Independent School District is looking into the histories of Founding Fathers like Franklin, Madison and Jefferson — as well as 17 other historical figures — to determine their connection to slavery and racism. The district is investigating whether or not it should change the names of existing schools named after the figures. The school board has already recommended name changes for four schools named after Confederate figures, including Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

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