The Alternative Learning Community, a new middle school for at-risk youth that had a shaky start last year, is angling for a change it hopes the Oakland school board can believe in: a new name, after the nation’s 44th president.
It wants to be called Barack Obama Academy.
In its petition to the board, ALC’s new principal, Toni McElroy, says the students, parents and its Toler Heights neighbors are behind the name change:
The election of President Obama represents change, transition, and empowerment. The focus of Barack Obama Academy will be community/social service and leadership development.
Whatever measures that can be used in assisting our young people of our community to view themselves in a positive light, to achieve higher goals and embrace a more positive image of self is supported by our community.
The board hears this request at Wednesday’s meeting (see the full agenda here). The facilities committee already recommended it. What do you think? I wonder if other schools were considering a similar request, but were beat to the punch.