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44 Schools to be Renamed

The LA Times reports Lincoln, Washington, Feinstein, Lowell — San Francisco will rename 42 schools but other sites have the count at 44.

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are no longer suitable names for public schools in San Francisco. Explorers like Vasco Núñez de Balboa are out too, as is Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education voted to change the names of 42 schools because of alleged associations with slaveholding, colonization or oppression.

Feinstein, who has an elementary school named after her, made the list because of controversies decades ago, around the time she was mayor, involving the redevelopment of a building that had housed Chinese and Filipino tenants, as well as an incident involving a Confederate flag at City Hall.

Voice of Common Sense

Do you really think changing the name on an empty building is going to change anything that had been going on inside?” asked Marcia Parrott, former principal at Miraloma Elementary School. 

What is your goal? Racial justice? Inequality? How is that going to occur when there’s nobody in those buildings and won’t be for some time?

List of Targeted Names 

Here is the list of 44 Politically Incorrect School Names.

Other names include Jefferson, McKinley, Monroe, John Muir, Robert Louis Stevenson, Daniel Webster, Herbert Hoover, Francis Scott Key, Mission, and Paul Revere.

Nobody in the Buildings

The children are not in school because of Covid lockdowns. 

The clear priority of the board is not education but political correctness.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed made this Comment on Renaming Schools.

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What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then. Our students are suffering, and we should be talking about getting them in classrooms, getting them mental health support, and getting them the resources they need in this challenging time. Our families are frustrated about a lack of a plan, and they are especially frustrated with the fact that the discussion of these plans weren’t even on the agenda for last night’s School Board meeting.

That question aside, Breed's only concern is the timing, not doing it. 

I understand the significance of the name of a school, and a school’s name should instill a feeling of pride in every student that walks through its doors, regardless of their race, religion, or sexual orientation. In fact, the public elementary school I attended as a child was renamed for Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks, and I believe it is a name that instills pride for the community. This is an important conversation to have, and one that we should involve our communities, our families, and our students.

No Sense of Pride

George Washington is not a sense of pride. We better get going on that. Let's wipe him out starting here.

$1 Bill Washington

What's the Cost?

Deputy Superintendent Myong Leigh estimated Tuesday that "new signs would cost about $10,000 per school". 

That's $440,000 for school name changes. 

Care to Take Bets on the Price?

If the board figures it will cost $440,000 then I suspect we double or triple that before these wizards are finished.

If $10,000 is for signs, what about murals, stationary, sports jerseys, stadium logos, politically incorrect statues in front of the buildings, etc., etc.?

Is that the best use of money when kids graduate who can't read or do basic math?

Mish