School board members in San Antonio tried to please everyone and ended up pleasing no one with their decision to rename a school christened for a prominent Civil War figure. On Monday, North East Independent School District trustees voted to rename Robert E. Lee High School to Legacy of Educational Excellence High School, or LEE High School for short. One board member who voted against the name change compared it to putting “lipstick on a pig.” Supporters described it as an attempt to satisfy those who wanted to rename the school and those who wanted to keep the old name. Surely they’re not surprised it didn’t work. —L.J.
This week’s interesting read comes from Slate and must be taken with a grain of salt, or two. The article attempts to deconstruct the so-called “Mizzou Effect”—the idea that campus protests lead to a drop in enrollment. After the writer takes some time to bash conservative media, he dives into the enrollment realities at several schools, including the University of Missouri and the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. The writer has an obvious bias against the Mizzou Effect, even though a Mizzou economist says it’s a real trend hurting the university. But the numbers he uncovers are fascinating and paint a fairly comprehensive picture of what’s going on at each school. Spoiler alert: It’s complicated and a good reminder that we should be especially wary of data that appears to back our own biases. —L.J.