Better East Texas: High school name change debate concluded for now; what happens next?

Better East Texas: High school name change debate concluded for now; what happens next?

(KLTV) - The debate on whether to rename Robert E Lee High School in Tyler has come a conclusion for now. The Tyler school board essentially voted not to vote on the name change topic, putting the controversy out to pasture.

So what happens next?

If one good thing could come out of this, it would be that current students in TISD benefit from a renewed interest in the education experience in Tyler. It would be great if citizens that worked so hard to defeat and so hard to preserve the names on buildings would also invest time and energy into volunteering to help at their neighborhood school – regardless of the name on the school or even if you have a student in that school.

The passion delivered at the school board meetings and on social media should be re-directed towards a positive end that benefits the students in Tyler and, really, in all schools in East Texas. It is great to care and be impacted by the past, but now is an opportunity improve the future. If you choose to sit back on the sidelines and relish in victory or wallow in a sense of defeat, your passion and ultimately your example will impact the students of today.

Tyler has a group called Tyler Proud that was born out of a bond vote several years ago and they are still active today and have largely stayed out of the name change discussion. Find them on Facebook. They are a template for other communities to follow as well, to put the focus on the students and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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