A W.E.B. DuBois High School Name Change?

(Photo via Kings County Politics)

Will the NYC Department of Education remove the name of W.E.B. DuBois from a Crown Heights high school?

According to a DOE release on plans to merge Aspirations Diploma Plus High School and W.E.B. DuBois High School, “the NYCDOE anticipates that the consolidated Aspirations will pursue a name change in order to incorporate the W.E.B. Du Bois name into the name of the newly consolidated school.” However, Kings County Politics’ Kelly Mena points out, “this minor reprieve could still erase DuBois from the title as school naming and re-naming is subject to Chancellor’s Regulation A-860.”

Back in January, the city had looked to shutter the high school citing low enrollment, much to the ire of neighborhood families. Last month, the DOE put forth a controversial consolidation plan that would remove the name of the historical African-American figure and education advocate.

Go to Kings County Politics for more on why the school “has been critical in the predominantly Black community of Crown Heights” and details on the final vote in April.

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