Gabriel San Roman
Brea School Board Moves to Change School Name After KKK Kontroversy
Updated: Aug 13, 2020
Residents, educators and activists finally inched closer this week to their goal of having William E. Fanning Elementary School in Brea renamed. The long, protracted battle met its turning point at Monday’s Brea School Board meeting where trustees expressed exhaustion over the year-and-a-half long debate surrounding Fanning’s membership in the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920’s. But the fatigue proved unnecessary; the history surrounding Fanning, who served as superintendent of Brea schools for more than a decade, is solid. It’s a lesson a majority of trustees have refused to learn even as they moved towards having a vote on renaming the school site.
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