San Francisco School Board Halts Renaming 44 Schools, Focuses on Reopening Schools

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San Francisco Unified School District will pause renaming 44 schools after local and national backlash.

In early February, San Francisco Mayor London Breed condemned the renaming decision for its timing: “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,” she said after the board’s decision.

Breed announced she will join City Attorney Dennis Herrera in suing the San Francisco Board of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District for failing to come up with a reopening plan that meets state requirements.

“I acknowledge and take responsibility that mistakes were made in the renaming process,” San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner said in her statement.

“To summarize, I am committed to focusing the board’s attention on getting our students back into the classroom. I’m committed to making sure every student and family at SFUSD is supported through this process.” Lopez tweeted, “We need to slow down and provide more opportunities for community input – that cannot happen until AFTER our schools are back in person.”

Renaming schools has been a highly debated topic, back in December Ronn Owens discussed the controversy surrounding renaming SF’s Abraham Lincoln High School and one month lately asking listeners if San Francisco schools have gone too far.

“Various public schools in Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Napa counties have all figured it out,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. “Private and parochial schools in San Francisco have figured it out. In-person instruction needs to be the Board of Education’s singular focus — not renaming schools that are empty, or changing admission policies when teachers aren’t in classrooms. It’s unfortunate we have to take them to court to get it figured out, but enough is enough.”

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