Stonewall Jackson Elementary School

Stonewall Jackson Elementary School

For years we’ve heard idle talk about changing the names of two neighborhood schools — Robert E. Lee Elementary School and Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, which are both named for famous (infamous?) commanders in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.

We’ve heard rumors of possible petitions before, but until recently we have never actually seen one surface. A few weeks ago, an online petition seeking to change the names of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson was posted.

The petition was created by Krista Tartoni, who says when she first moved to Dallas she was “surprised and disappointed that these schools… were named to honor Confederacy figures.”

The petition, which was created on, has 56 supporters, and it needs 100. It urges neighbors to “please add your name to those of your neighbors who want Miguel Solis and the DISD Board of Trustees to give these schools a name that reflects the values of 21st century Dallas.”

Tell us what you think: Should East Dallas rally to change the names of these neighborhood schools?

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