On Tuesday, officials said that San Francisco residents overwhelmingly approved a vote to recall three of the city’s school board members.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed contended the members pushed progressive politics rather than acting in children’s best interest during the pandemic, according to the San Francisco Department of Elections.
“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,” Breed said. “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.”
More than 70% of voters supported the recall, according to preliminary results from the San Francisco Department of Elections.
The school board members recalled are President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga, and Commissioner Alison Collins.
The mayor is now responsible for appointing new board members to fill the vacancies until another election in November. On Tuesday, she commended the parents who started the effort.
She said that parents “were fighting for what matters most, their children.”
San Francisco residents launched the recall effort in January 2021. They said that the school board members had their priorities out of order. One example included the board’s Jan. 26 announcement that 44 schools should be renamed due to perceived connections to colonization, slavery, oppression and the like.
“The city of San Francisco has risen up and said this is not acceptable to put our kids last,” said Siva Raj, a parent who spoke to Fox News. “Talk is not going to educate our children; it’s action. It’s not about symbolic action; it’s not about changing the name on a school, it is about helping kids inside the school building read and learn math.”
Collins, Lopez, and Moliga have defended themselves, claiming records show they are doing what they were elected to do.