“This is hurting the mental health of our kids and our families.”
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.
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.
The City has offered resources and staff to get our school facilities ready and to support testing for our educators. We’ve offered the guidance and expertise of the Department of Public Health. We are ready and willing to do our part to get our kids back in the classroom.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) February 3, 2021
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.
If SFUSD is determined to continue remote learning then why aren’t officials doing anything about the big gap in achievements?
You know what else is racist? Ignoring obvious warning signs that will cost minorities an opportunity to succeed.
— Erika Sanzi (@esanzi) January 27, 2021
It seems that, like Chicago teachers, San Francisco teachers do not want to go back to work. They want to teach over Zoom forever.
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