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San Francisco school board pauses the renaming of 44 schools to focus on reopening

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The head of San Francisco's public school system said the plan to rename dozens of its schools after controversial public figures will be pushed to the backburner as the district focuses solely on school reopening.

(CNN)The head of San Francisco's public school system said the plan to rename dozens of its schools after controversial public figures will be pushed to the backburner as the district focuses solely on school reopening.

"There have been many distracting public debates as we've been working to reopen our schools," San Francisco Unified School District Board President Gabriela López wrote in a letter, published in the San Francisco Chronicle and shared to her Twitter account on Sunday.

Sunday's statement, López said, will be her last time commenting publicly on renaming schools, "until schools are reopened. "

The news comes about one month after the school board voted 6-1 to rename 44 campuses linked to controversial public figures including former Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and current US Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

In January, following the school board's vote, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said she supported the board's decision to rename the schools.

However, she also expressed frustration that the board had not yet created a plan for reopening schools.

"What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn't a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then," Breed said last month.

Earlier this month, the San Francisco City Attorney filed an emergency court order to open schools soon after city leaders announced a lawsuit against its own school system for "failing to come up with a reopening plan" for the students the district serves.

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