San Francisco halts school-renaming plan after backlash, admits 'mistakes'

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The San Francisco Board of Education is abandoning its plan to rename schools named after historical figures like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington until students and teachers are able to return to the classroom, board Commissioner Gabriela Lopez said on Sunday night.

"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," Lopez wrote on Twitter.

San Francisco's education leaders faced backlash for focusing on renaming schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lopez's announcement came days after parents began circulating a petition to recall Lopez, Vice President Alison Collins and Commissioner Faauuga Moliga for politicizing education, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"We are parents, not politicians, and intend to stay that way," organizer Siva Raj told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We are determined to ensure San Francisco’s public schools provide a quality education for every kid in the city."

They hope to get 70,000 signatures in order to get a recall on the ballot.

"As I talk to parents, I have heard how hard it is to worry about your child shutting down and their struggle to stay motivated in distance learning," Lopez said in ... (Read more)

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