Faced with lawsuits, San Francisco pauses controversial renaming schools

By: | February 23, 2021

Just weeks after the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education pledged to rename dozens of schools associated with slaveholding and oppression, the board president announced it would pause the effort to focus instead on reopening classrooms.

President Gabriela López’s announcement, published in the San Francisco Chronicle, followed legal action against the board as well as months of criticism from school community members, the mayor and even former President Trump.

“We recognize we need to slow down. And we need to provide more opportunities for community input. We are working with educators at all levels to involve and educate our school communities about the renaming process,” López wrote. “We are realizing, especially now, it will take time and energy to get that right.”

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