San Francisco school board restores merit based admission system to elite high school

Posted 48 days ago


The San Francisco Unified School District's board of education has voted to restore a merit based admission system.

In a 4–3 vote on Wednesday night, the board voted to re-implement the merit based system two years after switching to a lottery-based system that the board said would address concerns about alleged racism, lack of diversity, and lack of data caused by remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

The vote comes months after voters in San Francisco recalled three progressive school board members after a push from parents voicing concerns that social justice goals had become more important to the board than academic goals and reopening schools.

"The city of San Francisco has risen up and said this is not acceptable to put our kids last," Siva Raj, a parent who helped launch the recall effort, said after the February recall election.  "Talk is not going to educate our children, it’s action. It’s not about symbolic action, it’s not about changing the name on a school, it is about helping kids inside the school building read and learn ... (Read more)