Name that school
Pasco County is opening two more schools in 2008, and it needs some ideas for names. The district already has run through its most respected former educators, as well as a spate of tree and place names, having brought 13 new schools on-line in the past three years. The Gradebook thought it would help by asking its readers for suggestions.
It's no idle issue, either. Earlier this month, the Manhattan Institute issued a report showing, among other things, that Florida has more schools called Manatee than George Washington. The group went on to talk about the civic responsibility of school boards to use their naming powers to educate communities about history. It matters in many communities, where groups often lobby hard to get someone's name on the marquee.
Here are a few starters that usually come up, anyway. How about Ronald Reagan? Martin Luther King Jr.? Lady Bird Johnson just died. Just remember, it doesn't hurt to have something that looks good on a t-shirt, and that kids can pronounce.