San Francisco school board rescinds controversial school renaming plan
The San Francisco Board of Education will ultimately keep the names of dozens of public schools in a case of high-stakes second thoughts.
The board had moved to forge ahead with a controversial plan to change the names of 44 schools that honor figures linked to historical racism or oppression. But on Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to suspend the effort when it approved a resolution saying it “wishes to avoid the distraction and wasteful expenditure of public funds in frivolous litigation.”
The reversal was met with relief and enthusiasm by disparate critics united in their opposition to the project. Conservatives characterized the effort as cancel culture run amok, while liberals decried the woefully poor research conducted by the blue-ribbon panel that led to the lengthy list of school names to be changed.
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