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San Francisco School Board Pauses School Renaming to Concentrate on Reopening

San Francisco School Board Pauses School Renaming to Concentrate on Reopening

The San Francisco Board of Education decided to delay renaming 44 schools, admitting they made mistakes “in the building renaming process.”

The school board voted to rename the 44 schools, including one named after President Abraham Lincoln, in January. Parents and city officials exploded because they want the schools to reopen more than anything right now.

From KTVU:

On Sunday, board president Gabriela Lopez announced she was now more focused on getting students back into the classroom.

“I’m committed to making sure every student and family at SFUSD is supported through this process,” she tweeted. “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.”

“I know families are hurting,” she wrote. “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.”

Mayor London Breed called the renaming “offensive” during the pandemic:

Breed said in a statement Wednesday: “This is an important conversation to have, and one that we should involve our communities, our families, and our students. What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then.”

Former educator Erika Sanzi pointed out that San Francisco tops the nation in achievement gaps.

Another chart shows 70% of the students are proficient in math compared to 12% of blacks and 21% of Latinos.

Then the city of San Francisco sued the school board for not having a plan to reopen.

Breed joined the lawsuit with City Attorney Dennis Herrera:

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.


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UnCivilServant | February 23, 2021 at 7:05 am

Shut down the district completely. Lay off anyone employed by it. End any school taxes funding it.

The kids are better off without these institutions anyway.

Yes, we know you’re in a hurry to rename the schools after your heroes of the Socialist Revolution, but let’s open them first, okay?

It must be so frustrating to the poor school board members, having to divert from what they care about to respond to the demands of those silly parents.

It’s almost as if the parents think school is about the kids! What is this world coming to?

“Madam President, Gabriela López”

Well, someone has…..dreams of grandeur, huh?

I wonder if her dreams consists of Royal Purple or Ermine?

Will Abraham Lincoln HS be renamed George Floyd HS or Jacob Blake HS?

JusticeDelivered | February 23, 2021 at 11:19 am

How many disruptive children in class does it take bring a halt to learning?

From what I have seen, most of the problems in schools are do to poor parenting, followed by useless school administrators, and then teachers.

When a child comes from a home where parents just sort of tolerate them, where there is little discipline, nurturing, no active teaching, no teacher can fix that. There are large numbers of children in that situation.

Keep in mind that black children have average IQs of 85, Hispanics 87 and that ~68% of each group will fall between plus or minus 15 their average. That means that 0f the 45% left that 22.5% will be smarter that 100 IQ, and 22.5% will have an IQ less than 70.

These numbers address the issue of why Affirmative Action has failed to improve more blacks outcome. Affirmative Action is no longer needed. Those who have potential can receive MERIT based aid. Skin color is not merit.

The premise that people of color achievement deficit was based mostly on environment was fatally flawed. Rather than admit this, the whole system committed fraud, and started passing off people who were incapable, as being competent.

This is what happens when places like SF elect right-wing people to any elective office — particularly key positions like a school board. These board members have forgotten their priorities — no child can learn in a badly named school. I suspect these school board members finally asked them selves “WWTD” (what would Trump do). Pelosi should impeach them so we can get truly enlightened people leading our children.

Subotai Bahadur | February 23, 2021 at 1:49 pm

The hang up for re-naming schools is not which names to get rid of. Any good Marxist can figure that out. The problem is to make sure that the new name is not someone who can be later described as a thought-criminal by the Secret Police later.

Subotai Bahadur