Plot Twist: California District ‘Cancels’ Renaming ‘Racist’ Schools — For Now

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San Francisco’s School Board President Gabriela López fired up her Twitter account over the weekend to say her district will be dropping its plan to rename “racist” school names — such as Washington and Lincoln — for now, as the district focuses on getting kids back into schools.

Listen to Gabriela very closely. “Reopening will be our only focus until our children and young people are back in schools. We’re cancelling renaming committee meetings for the time being,” she wrote on Twitter.

“To summarize, I am 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.

“I also acknowledge and take responsibility for mistakes made in the building renaming process. We need to slow down and provide more opportunities for community input – that cannot happen until AFTER our schools are back in person.

“This is the last time I’ll comment publicly on renaming until schools are reopened. We will not be taking valuable time from our board agendas to further discuss this, as we need to prioritize reopening.

“I know families are hurting. I hear it from each and every parent I’ve spoken to. We’re in negotiations to get the work on returning to in-person learning done and I’m committed to working with city partners to get vaccinations, testing and other resources we need.”

And then Gabriela will get back to the renaming project. As OutKick’s Bobby Burack suggested back in December, the district should just go ahead and get this over with and name one of the high schools Kaepernick High School to get as woke as possible in 2021.

Let’s get it on, Gabriela.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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