San Francisco’s school board late Tuesday night overturned its controversial plan to rename dozens of schools with names its members claimed honor “racist” historical leaders.
The city’s board of education voted unanimously to repeal its move to strip 44 schools of names of historic figures, including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Robert Louis Stevenson.
The board intends to revisit the renaming in the fall when students return to full-time in-person learning.
During Tuesday’s meeting, parents and previous educators ripped the board for its original decision — which sparked a huge backlash, along with legal challenges for the decision being made without community input.
“The repeal of this amendment to change the name of 44 schools gives me hope that you realize San Francisco voters are your boss,” said Marcia, a former principal of a San Francisco elementary school.
“We elected you to lead our school district, not dismantle it. Leave the decision for a name change, or