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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Unified School officials are hosting a public forum Friday to discuss a proposal to rename Robert E Lee Elementary School.

The forum is being convened as a result of the proposal by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to rename the school, now known as Lee Elementary. Her proposed legislation would ban public parks and buildings from being named after Lee, best known as the commander in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.

School officials invited Lee’s current families, alumni, neighborhood residents, elected officials whose districts include the Lee school, and members of the community who have expressed an opinion about the proposal.

“There will not be a decision made tomorrow one way or the other, but it starts the process for gathering the necessary input from the community and have this input guide any decision,” SDUSD spokeswoman Ursula Kroemer said.

A subsequent meeting will be held in November to review results of the community input process.

Gonzalez sent a letter to SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten that referred to the shooting deaths of the pastor and eight parishioners of a historic black church in Charleston.  The attack is being investigated as a hate crime. The 21-year-old accused gunman, who is white, had posed with a Confederate flag in photos posted online.

“The flag in particular, and anyone associated with this army, in general, have been associated with intolerance, racism and hate, none of which have a place in our schools,” Gonzalez wrote.