School board votes to drop high school's Confederate name


School board members have voted to change the name of a northern Virginia high school honoring a Confederate general. Media outlets report the Fairfax County School Board approved a measure Thursday night to rename J.E.B. Stuart High in Falls Church. The renaming process will start in the fall, with a new name taking effect no later than the beginning of the 2019 school year. Debate over the name began in 2015 when actress Julianne Moore, who attended Stuart in the '70s, launched a petition supporting the change. The school board appointed a committee to study the issue and come up with a compromise, but the committee fractured so badly that it produced two separate reports - one supporting a name change and one in opposition. School system officials say changing the name could cost up to $900,000. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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