The San Francisco Unified School District hit “pause” on renaming 44 schools named after allegedly controversial historical figures, the San Francisco Gate reported Monday, and has promised to consult historians rather than Wikipedia if they look to make any changes in the future.
Instead, newly elected San Francisco school board president, Gabriela López, said in a statement that she plans to make reopening schools a priority, ahead of tangling with the vestiges of systemic racism as outlined by her district’s “renaming committee.”
“Reopening will be our only focus until our children and young people are back in school,” Lopez wrote in her statement, which also canceled all future meetings for the district’s renaming committee. In a separate social media post, Lopez said she is “committed to focusing the board’s attention on getting our students back into the classroom. I’m committed to making sure every student and family at SFUSD is supported through this process.”
San Francisco’s school board voted