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D.C. Schools Chancellor Following Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Protests

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    The debate over President Woodrow Wilson's legacy is heating up as the New York Times editorial page is calls on Princeton to remove his from the campus. In the D.C. area, several landmarks are named after him, including a high school. News4's Mark Segraves spoke to D.C.'s mayor and schools chancellor about whether it was time to change the name. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015)

    The leader of D.C. Public Schools, which includes a high school named after Woodrow Wilson, is following the controversy over the former president’s association with Princeton University.

    After a two-day sit-in by students at Princeton, the university agreed to consider removing a mural of the 28th president.

    Wednesday the New York Times editorial page urged the school to remove Wilson’s name from the campus where he served as president from 1902-10, calling him an unapologetic racist for his role in segregating federal employees.

    Woodrow Wilson High School in upper northwest is one of D.C.’s highest performing public schools with a diverse student population.

    Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said she’s been paying close attention to the protests around the country.

    “I’ve been following all of what’s been going on on college campuses, and I think if that makes sense, we can bring that recommendation to the mayor at some point, but that’s not what’s top of mind for us right now,” she said.

    Mayor Muriel Bowser said she had no comment on the Times article. When pressed about whether the name of the school should change, she said, “That hasn’t actually ever been a topic of discussion for us.”

    Bowser’s administration is currently considering changing the name of Ballou High School in Ward 8 the honor Mayor Marion Barry.