Three controversial members of the San Francisco Board of Education were recently recalled on February 15th, in part for failing to open schools back up during the pandemic. So, yes, parents are really out here recalling board members for their actions during the pandemic. In all fairness, the San Francisco Board of Education members were recalled for multiple reasons, including what San Francisco Mayor London Breed dubbed “political distraction and divisiveness.”
One issue was based on the board’s review of schools across the district. They had identified 44 schools that needed renaming, due to the reactionary nature of the names. The list included some well-liked Presidents, such as Lincoln and Roosevelt. It also included a school named after U.S. senator and former mayor of San Francisco Dianne Feinstein.
The three board members recalled were Allison Collins, Faauuga Moliga, and Gabriela Lopez. There were nearly 175,000 votes and although the three suggested it was nothing more than a right-wing fueled election, the numbers show otherwise. San Francisco voters, both Democrats, and Republicans, voted overwhelmingly to recall the members.
This issue has divided the city for over a year. The board members in question were adamant that white supremacy was behind the recall and attacks on them. Collins and Lopez remain convinced that they were recalled because they were fighting for social justice issues and were targeted because of how progressive they are.
Mayor London Breed was quoted after the recall, “we failed our children.” He’ll now have until March 11, 2022, to appoint three new school board members.
Comadres, what do you think of the recall?
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