On Tuesday, February 16th, 2022, three School Board members in San Francisco faced voters in a recall election. The recall election was spurred after criticism from parents and local officials over the board’s mishandling of the pandemic and its apparent misplaced priorities.
Voters voted to recall School Board President Gabriela López with a whopping 75%, Vice President Faauuga Moliga with 72%, and Commissioner Alison Collins with 79%. Collins notably drew criticism for accusing Asians and Asian students of “using white supremacy thinking to get ahead.” Collins has also referred to Asian Americans with racially derogatory slurs.
Even leftist San Francisco Mayor London Breed voiced her support for the recall effort. Mayor Breed stated:
“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…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.”
Mayor Breed will appoint temporary replacements for the three recalled board members.
Leslie Huang, an organizer of the recall effort, stated:
“The school board has not been prioritizing our children’s education. Instead, they have been focusing on renaming schools and closing merit-based admissions.”
In fact, the school board renamed 44 schools. Rob Kutner, another organizer of the recall effort, charged that “parents aren’t going to put up with this kind of administration.” Kutner went on the say that “we’re one of the wealthiest cities in the nation, but we rank in the bottom 7% of reading levels in the State of California.”
In her first public statement since losing the recall, Alison Collins stood firm in her position reiterating that “she will continue to fight for the children and families most in need, for our vision of multiracial democracy, and for our public education system.” In a tweet, Collins charged the election with being bought off by stating “we now know what it costs to buy an election in San Francisco.” Collins also argued that “there are people who are going to be harmed. This is a backlash against progress.”
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Elections like the one in San Francisco are in fact backlash–but not against “progress.” Instead, the backlash is against the woke tyrannical school boards that are more determined to teach propaganda, mask up students, and silence parents.
There is no clearer evidence of this backlash than in the upset Republican victory in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Glenn Youngkin, who just recently signed SB739 which would end mask mandates in Virginia schools, defeated Terry McAuliffe. Education served as a central theme of that election–notably McAuliffe made a major blunder in saying that “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” This comment sparked the fury of suburban voters that came out in support of Youngkin.
The election in San Francisco, and Virginia, is indicative of a movement to reclaim education from petty tyrants. Many Americans are taking a closer look at their local officials–especially their school boards. If current political tides stay true, then these incumbents that have disregarded children and parents should be very afraid for their jobs.