“In a 4-3 decision marking a post-recall shift, the Board of Education voted against the superintendent’s plan to extend lottery admissions for Lowell while a task force assesses high schools and makes recommendations.”
Lowell High School is known as one of the best in San Francisco. In years past, students worked very hard to get into the school, but months ago the admissions were changed to reflect the progressive ‘equity’ agenda.
The school went to a lottery system, outraging parents. This ultimately led to the ouster of three school board members. The Asian community played a major role in the campaign.
Under the lottery system, grades at the top performing school began to fall rapidly.
Now the school is going back to its merit-based admissions policy.
KTVU News reports:
San Francisco’s Lowell High School to return to merit-based admissions
San Francisco Unified School District’s board of education voted Wednesday against an extension of a recently-imposed lottery system for student admissions at Lowell High School.
The 4 to 3 vote will reinstate merit-based admissions for incoming freshmen at the esteemed academy in fall of 2023. The failure of the school district superintendent’s resolution to extend the lottery system means a return to applicants meeting a designated grade point average and standardized test score criteria for admission.
We previously reported, the district stopped the merit-based admissions for 9th graders during the COVID pandemic claiming there wasn’t adequate criteria to judge students because of distance learning.
The school board voted to make the change to a lottery system permanent, but critics sued over the switch. Last year, a judge ruled that the school board did not follow state law when it voted to end the competitive admissions process.
Once again, the Asian community played a major role in the change:
Thousands of normal parents, many of them Asian-American, had to endure being called white supremacists every day by unhinged activists for more than a year to reach this outcome https://t.co/tkwtsSmJxf
— Wesley Yang (@wesyang) June 23, 2022
This was a win to be sure, but the battle is not over.
Note how the San Francisco Standard describes merit-based admissions as a “controversial” policy:
Selective Admissions Are Back at Lowell High After a Split Vote Reinstates the Controversial Policy
In a striking turnaround, Lowell High School will return to selective admissions in fall 2023, the San Francisco Unified school board decided Wednesday.
In a 4-3 decision marking a post-recall shift, the Board of Education voted against the superintendent’s plan to extend lottery admissions for Lowell while a task force assesses high schools and makes recommendations. The school will go back to using grades and test scores to determine eligibility.
Commissioners unanimously approved a separate proposal for a task force that will examine schools with selective admissions: Lowell and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.
President Jenny Lam joined commissioners Ann Hsu, Lainie Motamedi and Lisa Weissman-Ward—all four of whom were appointed by Mayor London Breed—in voting against keeping Lowell in lottery admissions.
Vice President Kevine Boggess and Commissioners Mark Sanchez and Matt Alexander voted in favor of extending the lottery.
“I believe in an academic magnet school,” said Lam, who cast the swing vote. “I support, at this time, criteria-based admissions. Lowell as a school is not perfect on its own, and neither is its admissions process. I’m fully committed in ensuring we move forward as a district.”
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air makes an excellent point here:
Even with the obvious collapse of the high standards at Lowell following the change, the board still only managed a razor-thin 4-3 vote to return to merit-based admission standards. That’s rather remarkable, particularly when you consider the fact that during the last semester, guidance counselors were discovering failing students who had been admitted to the school despite having a barely second-grade mastery of reading or math.
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