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PHILADELPHIA — Though the academic year has come to an end, a racially charged controversy continues for a high school newspaper in the Philadelphia area.

The Neshaminy school board has scheduled two meetings this week to discuss student editors’ refusal to print the name of the school mascot.

The newspaper staff at Neshaminy High School voted in October to ban the word “Redskins,” calling it a racial slur. Some district officials contend the students aren’t allowed to do that.

School board member Steve Pirritano says students published the June 14 newspaper without authorization. In that edition, students refused a directive to print a letter using the name.

Last week, a federal panel ruled that the NFL’s Washington Redskins team name is disparaging and its trademarks should be canceled.

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