After a Year-Long Debate, 3 San Francisco School Board Members were Recalled

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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Leticia Chavez-Garcia

Leticia Chavez-Garcia

Leticia Chavez-Garcia is a Mother, Grandmother, former Middle School Teacher, former Member of a School Board of Education and an Education Advocate for hundreds of parents and students in the Inland Empire. Having become a mother at 15, Leticia knows what it’s like to be a single mother trying to navigate the education system. Leticia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from California Baptist University and a Masters’ Degree in Education Technology from Cal State Fullerton in her 30’s. Leticia has used her knowledge and experience to help hundreds of families as an Education Advocate in the Inland Empire and currently works as an Education Specialist.

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