SF Pauses Decision To Rename Schools Honoring Lincoln And Washington, Admits ‘Mistakes’ Were Made

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San Francisco just paused their moronic decision to rename schools honoring Lincoln and Washington. They admitted they made mistakes saying: “We need to slow down and provide more opportunities for community input.”

“This is the last time I’ll comment publicly on renaming until schools are reopened,” she began. “There have been many distracting public debates as we’ve been working to reopen our schools. School renaming has been one of them.”

“I am committed to focusing the board’s attention on getting our students back into the classroom. I’m committed to making sure every student and family at SFUSD is supported through this process,” said School Board President Gabriela Lopez.

“I also acknowledge and take responsibility for mistakes made in the building renaming process. We need to slow down and provide more opportunities for community input – that cannot happen until AFTER our schools are back in person,” she added.

“I know families are hurting. I hear it from each and every parent I’ve spoken to. We’re in negotiations to get the work on returning to in-person learning done and I’m committed to working with city partners to get vaccinations, testing and other resources we need,” she said.

Before Lopez’s announcement, SF Mayor London Breed wrote on Twitter:

“Other districts have safely reopened schools to in-person learning. San Francisco has among the lowest case rates in the country. Our private schools and Community Learning Hubs have operated safely for months. We should safely reopen public schools,” Breed tweeted.

Three SF school board members were also facing a recall. From LMT:

More than 1,200 city residents have so far signed a petition that started circulating Friday to recall three members of the San Francisco Board of Education.

The members are President Gabriela López, Vice President Alison Collins and Commissioner Faauuga Moliga.

In total, the effort will need 70,000 signatures for each of the three members to get the recall on the ballot. Organizers Autumn Looijen and Siva Raj, who are parents to five children, said they wanted to “get politics out of education.”

In recent months, the Board has faced mounting pressure to safely reopen schools — while also stirring anger for efforts to rename 44 district schools and halt merit-based admissions at Lowell High School. As of Sunday, the renaming process has been put on hold.

“There have been many distracting public debates as we’ve been working to reopen our schools,” Board President López said on Twitter Sunday. “School renaming has been one of them. … I acknowledge and take responsibility that mistakes were made in the renaming process.“

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