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California school to vote change of name tied to Confederacy

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — The Dixie School District board in the California city of San Rafael plans to vote on whether to keep its name, which critics say it is linked to the Confederacy and slavery and supporters maintain is it named after a Native American woman.

Board members are scheduled to vote Tuesday evening on the name change.

A majority of board members say they support changing the name but they voted against it in February because they said the process seemed rushed and they wanted more community input.

The issue has pitted parents against each other in weeks of testy online exchanges.

Promoters claim the 150-year-old district was named on a dare by Confederate sympathizers. Opponents say the 1,700-student district was named for a Miwok Indian woman, Mary Dixie.