Only a couple of days ago the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees didn't seem to think the whole furor over the name "Hamon Arts Magnet" was all that big a deal; Edwin Flores told Unfair Park earlier this week he wasn't even sure why Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was on the agenda for last night's specially called board meeting, which was about the recent bond election -- initially. Only, as KERA-FM (90.1)'s Bill Zeeble notes this a.m., trustee Carla Ranger is joining the chorus of naysayers who want Nancy Hamon's name removed from the sign above: "And if we have the name Hamon Arts Magnet, that gives Booker T. Washington another name. Booker T. Washington must have one name." Looks like Jack Lowe's got some heavy clarifying to do when the issue is addressed again next month. --Robert Wilonsky
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