San Francisco’s school board on Tuesday delayed a meeting with labor unions to discuss a tentative agreement to resume in-person learning for the city’s 54,000 public school children and instead opted to review the renaming of 44 of the city’s public schools, NBC Bay Area reports.
The city school board late last month voted to remove the names of Washington, Paul Revere and Abraham Lincoln from public schools after officials deemed them and other prominent figures, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, unworthy of the honor.
San Francisco sued its own school district on Feb. 3 to force the reopening issue, saying school leaders “have no meaningful plan” to reopen classrooms. The suit won the support of Democratic Mayor London Breed.
“I know this is a drastic step, but I feel we are out of options at this point,” Breed said at a news conference alongside City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “…While I don’t control the schools, I am the elected leader of this city and I’m not going to stand by while our children and our families continue to suffer with no end in sight.”
The meeting on in-person learning has been changed to Feb. 23.
The decision to change school names is estimated to cost between $400,000 and $1 million. Gabriela López, the head of the San Francisco Board of Education, has been criticized for the district’s decision to change school names following a New Yorker article where she said historians were not involved in fact-checking some of the information.