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Has San Francisco Had Enough? Three SF School Board Members Ousted In Landslide Election

Some San Franciscans may have had one too many helpings of “woke.” On Tuesday, three members of the San Francisco School Board were recalled in a landslide election.

The numbers broke down like this: 79% voted to recall Alison Collins, 75% voted to recall Gabriela Lopez, and 72% voted to recall Faauuga Moliga.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed will appoint interim members until the November election.

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Parents Questioned Board’s Priorities

The fight for parents began in January 2021. Parents began to be frustrated at the sluggish pace of the reopening of San Francisco schools during the pandemic.

The school board apparently had more pressing priorities, like renaming schools because they were named after “problematic” – according to the far-left – Americans like Paul Revere and Abraham Lincoln. 

Siva Raj, who has two children in the district, was among those who initiated the recall. He said of the election outcome and the idea behind it:

“The city of San Francisco has risen up and said this is not acceptable to put our kids last. Talk is not going to educate our children, it’s action. It’s not about symbolic action, it’s not about changing the name on a school, it is about helping kids inside the school building read and learn math.”

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Those For And Against, And Records Defended

The school board recall may have had its biggest supporter in Mayor London Breed who stated simply that parents “were fighting for what matters most -– their children.”

Opponents of the recall called it “a waste of time and money.” They felt the district had more pressing issues, like a $125 million budget deficit and finding a replacement for outgoing Superintendendent Vincent Matthews, who is retiring.

The three ousted school board members defended their records. The San Francisco Gate reports that all of them said that their priorities were “racial equity.”

Clearly San Francisco parents did not feel that was what they were elected to do.

The board was also trying to get rid of a merit-based admissions process at Lowell High School. Lowell is an exclusive school where the majority of the merit-based students are Asian. Because of this, a large portion of Asian-Americans voted in the election for the first time, according to the SF Gate.

A grassroots organization called Chinese/API Voter Outreach Task Force group claimed 560 Asian-Americans had registered to vote in the election.

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School Boards Being Challenged Nationwide

Parents all over the nation are finding out that COVID and the virtual learning that accompanied it was actually a blessing in disguise. Parents who were forced to work from home were looking over their shoulders to see what their kids were learning in school.

Turns out they were not happy with what they found, and as soon as it was possible, they were attending school board meetings in droves. If it wasn’t to voice displeasure about getting the kids back in the classroom or mask mandates, it was about what they were being taught. 

Parents are standing up and making their voices heard. The Washington Post reports that in 2021 there were 91 recall attempts against 235 school board member across the country. There are roughly 180 active parent groups in 34 states.

Maybe failed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has figured out that parents nationwide don’t agree with him. It is parents, not school boards who get to decide what their children learn.

Becky Noble

Becky Noble, a political blogger and writer for over 10 years, lives by the motto, “Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.” Becky holds a degree in journalism from Regent University.

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