A San Francisco school board on Tuesday voted to suspend the controversial process of renaming 44 schools in the city after historical and public figures – including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and current US Senator from California Dianne Feinstein.
The school board’s actions gained national attention in January when they re-launched a process to rename the 44 schools named after historical figures that “dramatically reduced the chances of those of us having the right. to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, ”according to the text of the resolution approved by the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education.
Some of these figures “have engaged in the subjugation and enslavement of human beings; or who have oppressed women, inhibiting the progress of society; or whose actions have led to genocide,” says the resolution.
Other personalities whose namesake schools have been targeted include Thomas Jefferson, Senator and Mexican-American War veteran Robert F. Stockton, and naturalist John Muir.
The school renaming process has drawn bipartisan criticism, including from San Francisco’s Democratic Mayor London Breed, who called the effort to rename schools amid the coronavirus pandemic “offensive.”
The decision to rename the 44 schools also resulted in lawsuits, and a San Francisco Superior Court ruling ordered the board to reverse the process until the children resumed in-person learning.
Tuesday’s 6-0 vote officially overturned the 6-1 vote that kicked off the name change process in January, NBC Bay Area reported, with the board having an opportunity to revisit the matter at a later date.
In a statement to NBC News on Wednesday, Mayor Breed said she was “happy the school board has taken this step, but what really matters right now is our kids are not in class. C “That’s all. We need to open all of our schools. for full in-person learning as quickly as possible. Nothing matters more.”