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Three San Francisco progressive school board members were recalled in a landslide vote as parental backlash ensued over remote learning during the pandemic, renaming schools, First Amendment legal issues, and changes to the admissions process at the city’s most elite public high school.
The vote Tuesday night was nothing less than a referendum against the three school board members and an extremely bad indicator for leftists in the 2022 midterm elections. The recall vote ended in 79 percent voting to remove Commissioner Alison Collins, 75 percent to remove School Board President Gabriela López, and 73 percent to boot Commissioner Faauuga Moliga from the seven-member panel. Only three members were eligible for recall.
“The voters of this City have delivered a clear message that the School Board must focus on the essentials of delivering a well-run school system above all else,” proclaimed San Francisco Mayor London Breed in a statement. “San Francisco is a city that believes in the value of big ideas, but those ideas must be built on the foundation of a government that does the essentials well.”
“Elections can be difficult, but these parents were fighting for what matters most – their children,” she enthusiastically added after supporting the initial recall. “It’s time we refocus our efforts on the basics of providing quality education for all students, while more broadly improving how this city delivers support for children and families.”
Breed will now appoint three replacements who will sit on the all-Democrat school board until another election is held for the positions in November. This marks the first time in the city’s history that members of the board have been successfully recalled, according to ABC News.
San Francisco just voted to recall three progressive members of the city's school board.
It was not even close. pic.twitter.com/CR8xwxeBW9
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 16, 2022
My statement on the School Board recall election results: pic.twitter.com/Jj3Gu37O6R
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) February 16, 2022
“School boards are where the rubber meets the road when it comes to Americans meeting their government,” ABC News Political Director Rick Klein remarked concerning the recall. “Schools, for better or worse, are the battlefront. They’re where the major issues of 2022 are colliding for so many Americans.”
“You’d never think that a liberal member of a school board in San Francisco would have to worry about his or her job,” Klein commented. “The power of the arguments that are being put forward and on display in this recall election, I think will animate so many campaigns up and down the ballot for state and national political office in 2022.”
Schools in San Francisco were shut down due to the pandemic longer than most other cities in the United States. Students did not return to class for full-time instruction until last August and that infuriated parents.
School board members were also mocked for moving to rename 44 different schools due to political correctness. Among those schools to be renamed were ones named after Abraham Lincoln and current U.S. Senator and former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein.
Then the board moved to end merit-based admissions at the prestigious Lowell High School, enraging parents and once again getting the school board splashed across national headlines for the unpopular progressive policy.
Collins, in particular, made a spectacle of herself by suing the district for $87 million after she was penalized for an old tweet that accused Asian-Americans of “using white supremacist thinking to get ahead.” The suit was dismissed.
Lesson learned: don't F–K with San Francisco parents. Victory over the forces of political extremism and incompetence! All 3 school board members were recalled by a TOTAL LANDSLIDE. @recallsfboe @GaybrahamLinco pic.twitter.com/WhNBMbDy1u
— David Thompson (@DavidRThompson) February 16, 2022
Recall proponents, including the mayor and state Sen. Scott Wiener, were joined by wealthy tech executives, real estate interests, and prominent charter school backer Arthur Rock who channeled some $2 million toward the recall effort. According to campaign finance records, 95-year-old billionaire Arthur Rock and PayPal COO David Sacks, contributed nearly $400,000 and more than $74,000, respectively.
“Thank you for standing up for our kids when our elected leaders completely failed them,” read one tweet from the Recall SF School Board.
School board member supporters contended that their vigilance helped keep COVID rates and outbreaks low and that the recall election was a waste of taxpayer money. Evidently, parents did not see it that way.
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