San Francisco will likely reverse plan to rename schools honoring historical leaders

San Francisco will likely reverse plan to rename schools honoring historical leaders


San Francisco is on Tuesday expected to overturn its “offensive” plan to purge dozens of schools with names its Board of Education claimed honor “racist” historical leaders.

The California city’s Board of Education had in January voted to strip 44 schools of the names of historic figures, including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Robert Louis Stevenson. 

The decision sparked a huge backlash — as well as legal challenges for the decision being made without community input. 

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The school board was also ridiculed for shoddy research and often wildly inaccurate claims linking school names to racism, sexism or other injustices.

Laurence Tribe, one of the attorneys involved in lawsuits against the plans, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he is “definitely on board that sometimes names ought not to be preserved.”

The main entry to George Washington High School is seen in San Francisco, on Jan. 27, 2021.The main entry to George Washington High School is seen in

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