San Francisco Board of Education Votes for School Rename Again

San Francisco (AP) — The San Francisco Board of Education is ready to overturn a highly critical decision to remove the names of 44 schools that allegedly relate to racism, sexism, or other fraud. it’s finished. What critics have accused of being untimely activism.

Just two months ago, the city’s elected school board voted to remove names from schools such as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Lewis Stephenson, and longtime California Senator Dianne Feinstein. did.

Parents, students, and elected officials have blown up the board for some of their goals and their timing. The decision in late January was made when all public classrooms in San Francisco were closed due to coronavirus restrictions. They are not yet. In particular, Mayor London Breed said it was “aggressive and completely unacceptable” for the board to focus on changing school names rather than returning children to the classroom.

Some of the city’s youngest students are expected to begin returning to face-to-face instruction this month after more than a year of distance learning due to a pandemic. There are no plans for junior high school and high school students to return home.

The renaming effort was also criticized for crude investigation and historical inaccuracies. The Rename Advisory Board has mistakenly accused Paul Revere of trying to colonize the people of Penobscot. He also confused the name of Alamo Elementary School with Texas Battle, rather than meaning “poplar tree” in Spanish.

In a protest, Chairman Gabriela Lopez said in February that the process would be suspended until all children returned to school. Lopez admitted in a statement that he had made a mistake in his school choices and said that when the board returned to the matter, he would involve historians in a “more cautious process.”

The board will cancel the January decision on Tuesday and vote for a resolution to review the issue after all students return to full-time face-to-face learning.

Since the name change vote, the Board has faced multiple proceedings, including proceedings from the city hall and mayor, pressured the school district and board to reopen classrooms more quickly. Second, in March by San Francisco lawyer Paul Scott, whose children attend public school, alleging that the school board’s decision to rename violated California’s public congress law and did not involve the community. It was submitted.

Judge Ethan Schulman of the San Francisco Superior Court has ruled that the board of directors should do what the proceedings require — cancel the vote and dissolve the Rename Advisory Board — or April 16 Here’s why you shouldn’t be forced to do so by.

The resolution, which is being considered on Tuesday, has not addressed the criticism, but has accused the proceedings of “avoiding public funding distractions and wasted spending in frivolous proceedings.”

In another recent controversy, the school board plans to end merit-based enrollment in San Francisco’s top public high school, Lowell, and use the same lottery-based system to enroll students in other high schools. Has been widely criticized.

The meeting on Tuesday will also remove one of its members, Allison Collins, from her role from Vice President and other positions on her tweet about Asian Americans dating back to 2016, last week. This is the first time since I voted for.

Collins said in a tweet that Asian Americans are moving forward using the idea of ​​”white supremacists.” She resisted the call to resign and last week accused the school district and five of her six colleagues of violating her right to free speech. She is seeking $ 87 million in damages.