A California school district is naming its new school after an illegal immigrant after board members chose the man over President Barack Obama, Medal of Freedom recipient Grace Hopper, and a local official with decades of service to the community.
The Mountain View Whisman School District solicited input in naming a new school on North Whisman Road that will open in 2019 for grades K-5, but documents show the board selected a candidate it suggested at the start of the process: activist Jose Antonio Vargas.
A slideshow of the selection process shows board members suggested Vargas, who was smuggled into the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12, then held an “online community conversation” in March 2018 through ThoughtExchange asking the community to weigh in.
The effort was marketed through “schools’ newsletters, superintendent’s newsletters, website, social media and direct mail postcard to 5,000 residents of the Slater neighborhood,” according to the presentation.
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