Lee Heidhues 12.13.2021
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Mayor London Breed is in a very calculated way singing a siren song to take control of the public schools under the mantra of good government.
This is the same Mayor Breed who is enthusiactically supporting the February 2022 recall of three elected School Board members.
Some “progressive” San Francisco voters are aligning themselves with disgruntled parents who want to give up their right to elect a School Board and give it all to the Mayor who would appoint the new commissioners should the Recall succeed.
London Breed must be loving every moment of this calculated move as she tries to collect all the chips in San Francisco style political poker.
Time for a history lesson. Or Back to the Future.
Prior to 1972 the School Board was appointed by the Mayor. Local citizens did not like that way of doing business because it took away their voice in selecting the School Board. At the time allegedly “progressive” San Francisco was upset about “busing” students away from their neighborhood schools to achieve racial balance.
So, the easy fix was to change the system to an elected a School Board and then harass these newly elected officials to roll back “busing”.
Excertped from San Francisco Chronicle 12.13.2021
Mayor London Breed is pushing an ambitious school board oversight plan that threatens to withhold city funding from classrooms if Board of Education members don’t change their behavior.
San Francisco classrooms, under a proposed change to city law, could lose millions in city funding each year if school board members continue to micromanage, treat others poorly or persist in chasing short-term political wins, its backers say.
School board Vice President Faauuga Moliga, whom Breed initially appointed to the position to fill a vacancy, panned the idea.