- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - The biggest school district in Texas will consider paying more than $1.2 million as part of changes to rename eight campuses previously named for Confederate leaders.

The Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/2b6wgzb ) reports the Houston Independent School District board is expected to vote Thursday on a request by the interim superintendent, Ken Huewitt, to approve the cost.

Some taxpayers in June filed a lawsuit alleging lack of transparency over the cost to rename the schools. Several parents and other taxpayers, during a news conference Wednesday, said they were “outraged” by the $1.2 million request and planned to speak against it at Thursday’s meeting.

Supporters of the change say the new names would represent modern values and diversity.

HISD has about 213,000 students.

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https://www.houstonisd.org/

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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