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Years after local governments around Virginia were confronted with the question of whether to change names or replace statues representing the state’s Confederate history, a local alumni group is filing suit in federal court over their high school’s name change.

The Washington-Lee High School Alumni Association claims the public did not get the chance to weigh-in on the school board’s decision to change its name to Washington-Liberty High.

One year after Washington-Lee became Washington-Liberty, the alumni association filed suit in U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia against the Arlington School Board, its members and one former member.

The complaint alleges that the board members “deceived their constituents … in order to deprive them of their opportunity to comment on changes that would greatly harm their educational reputations.”

The 48-page complaint goes on to outline how, in August 2017, the then-chair promised to allow the community to be involved in any renaming, only to vote in June before the start of public comment without notice and without putting the vote on the agenda.

The alumni association is demanding a jury trial, a change back to Washington-Lee and compensatory damages.

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(4) comments

Way to go W&L!! BTW a little known fact that name change boosters won't tell you. George Washington the current namesake of the high school, signed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 which kept slavery intact for another 75 years.

PJC

The name should of never been changed in the first place! I hope they win their lawsuit and name be changed back to where it was!!

MJMoonwalker

We can't stop until the complete history of the democrat party is erased.

yellowz51

I grew up in Arlington back in the 1960's through the 1980's. Sad to say the county has become a repository for liberal democratic nut jobs and others with hopeless causes to press. I am surprised that anyone would want to live there under the current leadership of the county.

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