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To: G.T. Bynum Mayor of Tulsa, Deborah A. Gist Superintendent Tulsa Public Schools, T.P.S School Board
A petition is going around to garner support for changing the name of the elementary school many of us attended. The schools name is Robert E Lee elementary school in Tulsa OK. This school was founded in 1918 and since its inception its maintained a reputation as one of the very best public elementary schools in the state of Oklahoma. Recent events and the chaos that occurred in Virginia have brought controversy and unfair attention to this school due to its namesake. Some in our community would like to change its name. We, the signers of this petition would like to offer an alternative. Lee school has a 100 year legacy of learning education excellence. This history has nothing to do with its name sake. We believe, simply put, that the L.E.E. in LEE school, in fact stands for Learning Education Excellence. So we the "Simply LEE" petition signers ask that you respect this 100 year history of excellence and if you must entertain a new improved name for this school that you consider naming it simply "L.E.E. School". By taking this action you honor the efforts of the students, teachers, parents, and staff who have truly made it an institution of L.earning, E.ducation, E.xcellence over the last 100 years. The correct course of action is to simply dissociate the school from Robert E Lee and embrace and support the L.earning E.ducation E.xcellence that is simply L.E.E. school. Don't change the name; shorten it.
Harold G Butler Jr. alumnist
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