San Francisco school board members ousted in parental backlash - POLITICO

  

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San Francisco school board members ousted in parental backlash - POLITICO
First returns show that voters overwhelmingly voted "yes" to recall Alison Collins, Gabriela Lopez and Faauuga Moliga, three of the board's seven members.

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San Francisco school board members ousted in parental backlash


First returns show that voters overwhelmingly voted "yes" to recall Alison Collins, Gabriela Lopez and Faauuga Moliga, three of the board's seven members.

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In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Abraham Lincoln High School stands in San Francisco. | Jeff Chiu, File/AP Photo

San Francisco votershave recalled three school board members who spurred a parental backlash for pursuing the renaming of schools and other progressive policy changes as classrooms remained empty during the coronavirus pandemic.

Initial returns Tuesday night showed that voters overwhelmingly voted "yes" to recall Alison Collins, Gabriela Lopez and Faauuga Moliga, three of the board's seven members — 79 percent voted to remove Collins, 75 percent to remove Lopez and 73 percent to remove Moliga. The early results were dramatic enough that backers quickly declared victory and Moliga acknowledged his apparent defeat.

The outcome in one of the nation's most liberal cities signaled that education issues remain a potent motivator for voters two years into the coronavirus pandemic, with midterm and gubernatorial elections on the horizon.

"The voters of this City have delivered a clear message that the School Board must focus on the essentials of delivering a well-run school system above all else," said San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who supported the recall, in a statement. "San Francisco is a city that believes in the value of big ideas, but those ideas must be built on the foundation of a government that does the essentials well."

Breed will get to appoint the three replacements to the school board.

Schools in San Francisco remained shuttered longer than in most other cities, even in California. Students there did not return full time to the classroom until last August

As distance learning dragged on, school board members drew national ridicule as they moved to rename dozens of institutions, including Abraham Lincoln High School. A push to end merit-based admissions at the prestigious Lowell High School infuriated some parents and drew derisive national coverage; Collins raised the temperature further by suing the district for $87 million after she was penalized for an old tweet accusing Asian-Americans of "using white supremacist thinking to get ahead."

Recall proponents, which included Breed and state Sen. Scott Wiener, wielded a significant financial advantage as a deep-pocketed tech executives, real estate interests and prominent charter school backer Arthur Rock channeled some $2 million toward the effort.

Supporters of the targeted school board members argued their vigilance helped keep coronavirus rates and outbreaks low and that the recall election was a waste of money.

California has not yet gone as far as other Democratic-led states that have dissolved student mask mandates. Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration has promised to release a timeline at the end of the month, and the Legislature will consider controversial legislation broadly making coronavirus vaccines a prerequisite for in-person learning.

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Tacos!
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1  seeder  Tacos!    4 months ago
Schools in San Francisco remained shuttered longer than in most other cities, even in California. Students there did not return full time to the classroom until last August As distance learning dragged on, school board members drew national ridicule as they moved to rename dozens of institutions, including Abraham Lincoln High School

Good for them! Even the people of San Francisco couldn’t take this crap anymore. They even wanted to take Diane Feinstein’s name off of a school - blaming her for creating a problem she actually solved. Incredibly that was more important than creating a safe environment for kids in school during a pandemic.

Ignorance + Woke Politics is going to really hurt the Democratic Party.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Tacos! @1    4 months ago

Overreaching on the part of the school board members. Hope they are happy now!

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Senior Quiet
2  Jack_TX    4 months ago

We have to hope this is the start of a groundswell shift back toward more moderate thinking.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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3  evilgenius    4 months ago

Another reminder that governing from the fringes doesn't work. It isn't working for the far right and won't work for the far left. Trying to only furthers "the divide".

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Freshman Guide
4  Right Down the Center    4 months ago

Parents are paying attention to what school boards are doing since the pandemic started. Who would have thought what the BOA was doing to their kids was more important than some woke virtue signaling? And even in San Francisco!

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
5  Sparty On    4 months ago

An unexpected and welcome result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parents all over the country are now paying attention to their children’s public education.

Bad news for all the comrades in teacher unions.    Indoctrination education is over.    Better get used to it.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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6  Jeremy Retired in NC    4 months ago

And here we've been told that those parents who stand against school boards are "domestic terrorists". 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
6.1  Texan1211  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6    4 months ago

Gee, I was kind of surprised that Biden's Justice Dept. let it get all the way to the recall.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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6.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Texan1211 @6.1    4 months ago

They're distracted by the Durham indictments.  The whole administration is in "Cover Your Ass" mode.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
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6.2  Jack_TX  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6    4 months ago
And here we've been told that those parents who stand against school boards are "domestic terrorists". 

If they make death threats against school board members, they are indeed domestic terrorists.  With any luck they will share a cell with a left wing domestic terrorist like those assholes from the CHAZ.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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6.2.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Jack_TX @6.2    4 months ago
With any luck they will share a cell with a left wing domestic terrorist like those assholes from the CHAZ.

You know those assholes won't see prison.  Just like the rioters from 2020 and 2021.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
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6.2.2  Jack_TX  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6.2.1    4 months ago
You know those assholes won't see prison.  Just like the rioters from 2020 and 2021.

Oh yeah.  I know.  

But one can hope.

 
 

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