Redskins’ banned in California as name for public school sports teams
Four California high schools will be forced to change mascots after the state governor, Jerry Brown, signed laws making the state the first to bar public schools from using the Redskins name for sports teams.
The mascot legislation signed on Sunday will prevent public schools using a term that Native Americans regard as offensive. The law, which goes into effect in 2017, is unique to California.
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Four public schools use the name, including Tulare Union High south of Fresno. Sarah Koligian, superintendent of the Tulare high school district, said officials were “disappointed” by Brown’s decision but would change their team name.
“We will adhere to the law as it is written,” Koligian said in a statement Monday. “Together with our board of trustees, school community and our Tulare community we will seek their input to determine our new mascot.