Florida school board members say they'll make a decision to keep or drop the name of a KKK leader

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The lingering controversy over whether to drop the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, which celebrates a former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader, should come to an end early next month.

The Duval County School Board decided Tuesday to vote on the issue at its monthly board meeting on Nov. 3. The meeting is open to the public and will have a public comment period.

"The board will discuss it and vote on it - the same night," Chairwoman Betty Burney said. "It's going to put it to rest completely."

Burney said the board spoke several months ago about putting the issue on an agenda, and then again during its Oct. 10 workshop, before agreeing on Tuesday to the Nov. 3 date.

The controversial push to drop the school's name began nearly two years ago and although board members wouldn't say Tuesday how they planned to vote, they did say it was time to settle the matter.

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