Yes, you read the headline correctly. The city of San Francisco is suing its own school district for not having a “meaningful plan for how or when in-person” teaching will begin. Teachers and students have not been in the classroom since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Also, I think this is the fourth #headdesk story I’ve written related to San Francisco schools.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed the lawsuit against the San Francisco Board of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District on Wednesday.

Herrera explained, “that the SFUSD is a separate legal entity from the City and County of San Francisco.” Therefore, the district “does not answer to the mayor or board of supervisors.

From KRON:

City attorney Dennis Herrera and Mayor London Breed addressed the litigation during a 10 a.m. press conference.

Herrera said they are suing for “violation of administerial duties,” claiming the school district failed to perform its duties in preparing for a return to school. The lawsuit is the first of its kind in California.

“The Board of Education and the school district have had more than 10 months to roll out a concrete plan to get these kids back in school. So far they have earned an F,” Herrera said. “Having a plan to make a plan isn’t going to cut it.”

Breed said keeping the classrooms closed is hurting Black, Latino, and Asian students, especially low-income students.

“This is hurting the mental health of our kids and our families. Our teachers have done an incredible job of trying to support our kids through distance learning, but this isn’t working for anyone,” Breed said.

Like Chicago, private and parochial schools opened without any problems. The majority of public schools in neighboring counties already opened.

On February 11, Herrera will ask the San Francisco Superior Court in a motion “to issue an emergency order” to force the district to formulate a plan before the court decides on the case.

Herrera had to file the lawsuit before the motion.

SFUSD demanded nine conditions to happen before anyone goes back to the classroom. Only two have finished while four are “almost done.”

If SFUSD is determined to continue remote learning then why aren’t officials doing anything about the big gap in achievements?

Oh, wait. Racism is more important. The district wasted time demanding 44 schools change their names. Then the art department wasted more time dropping its acronym because acronyms are racist.

You know what else is racist? Ignoring obvious warning signs that will cost minorities an opportunity to succeed.

In my posts about Chicago schools, I posted study after study that proves distance learning has affected minorities the most along with poorer families.

It seems that, like Chicago teachers, San Francisco teachers do not want to go back to work. They want to teach over Zoom forever.

Prove me wrong, teachers. Please. For the sake of our children and future.


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