This should have been the focus of the San Francisco Unified School District in the first place. The fact that it was not should be a scathing indictment of their priorities. Gabriela López may have reversed course but she waited until she had turned the school district into a national laughingstock and the city filed a lawsuit first.
“Six weeks ago, I became president of the school board. Since day one, my priority has been to reopen our city’s public schools safely. As soon as possible. There have been many distracting public debates as we’ve been working to reopen our schools. School renaming has been one of them. It was a process begun in 2018 with a timeline that didn’t anticipate a pandemic. I acknowledge and take responsibility that mistakes were made in the renaming process,” said Lopez in a recent statement.
Mistakes were made during the renaming process? This is the understatement of the century. She used passive voice in these statements and made sure to pass the buck however she could. Lopez may have only been board president for six weeks now but she’s been a member since 2019. She can’t plead ignorance here.
Lopez remains excited about the project but she’s just upset that she got called out for having the wrong priorities. She went on to say more about the very important work that she is doing. “Our students need to attend schools where they feel valued and seen. This work is anti-racist and we’re proud of that.
But reopening will be our only focus until our children and young people are back in school. We’re canceling renaming committee meetings for the time being. We will be revising our plans to run a more deliberative process moving forward, which includes engaging historians at nearby universities to help,” she continued.
Why weren’t historians consulted with? That’s our first question. The board probably would have saved themselves a sizable amount of embarrassment if they had simply decided to handle this aspect first. Alex Griswold made a Twitter thread about this hilarious turn of events, even sharing a spreadsheet that was used by the school board when it came time to do their research.
“The Google Doc where the San Francisco school board did its research for deciding which historical figures to cancel is public, and it’s hilariously bad. The best part is the “Notes” tab, where someone lays out why the stated reasons are complete BS. Case in point: “Lowell High School must be renamed because the namesake was a racist.” Notes: “Yeeeah, no, it wasn’t named after that guy at all,” he tweeted.
As if this were not enough, Griswold pointed out even more inconsistencies. “The best part is the “Notes” tab, where someone lays out why the stated reasons are complete BS. Case in point: “Lowell High School must be renamed because the namesake was a racist.” Notes: “Yeeeah, no, it wasn’t named after that guy at all,” he continued.
This is what happens when you’re handing these important decisions to Teachers 4 Social Justice. Social justice is all well and good but education also needs to be a major priority. Instead of handling these issues in a timely manner, this school board allowed themselves to get bogged down in silly debates about renaming processes.
You know its bad when the city of San Francisco has to get involved and file a lawsuit. This city is known for having some pretty liberal policies. Unfortunately, this school board is focused on all of the wrong things. They should be getting the schools back open. There’s no need to be worrying about scoring woke points right now.
Mistakes were certainly made here and there is no denying that. Educational priorities were put on the back burner so that Lopez could stroke her considerable ego. The parents and children in this city deserve much better than the “assistance” that they have gotten from these charlatans.