After Backlash Intensifies, San Francisco May Not Rename Schools After All

After Backlash Intensifies, San Francisco May Not Rename Schools After All


The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously reversed a controversial decision to rename 44 public schools as part of a “racial reckoning” to erase white historical figures — including Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington — from the public consciousness.

On Tuesday, the board voted 6-0 to suspend the plan, claiming it “wishes to avoid the distraction and wasteful expenditure of public funds in frivolous litigation.”

In reality, the reversal came after the move ignited heavy backlash from both liberals and conservatives who were upset that the school board was wasting time debating names instead of reopening schools, which have been shuttered since March 2020.

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The resolution, which was ratified in January, called for the renaming of dozens of public schools named after historical icons who the board claimed had “engaged in the subjugation and enslavement of human beings; or who oppressed women, inhibiting societal progress; or whose actions led

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