S.F. School Board Recall: Alison Collins, Gabriela López and Faauuga Moliga Ousted

San Francisco voters overwhelmingly supported the ouster of three school board members Tuesday in the city’s first recall election in nearly 40 years.

The landslide decision means board President Gabriela López and members Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga will officially be removed from office and replaced by mayoral appointments 10 days after the election is officially accepted by the Board of Supervisors.

The new board members are likely to take office in mid-March. The three were the only school board members who had served long enough to be eligible for a recall.

The recall divided the city for the past year, with a grassroots effort of frustrated parents and community members pushing for the trustees’ removal over the slow reopening of schools during the pandemic and the board’s focus on controversial issues like renaming 44 school sites and ending the merit-based admission system at Lowell High School.

Supervisor Hillary Ronen said she wasn’t surprised by the results.

“We faced the hardest time of our entire lives as parents and as students in public schools and this Board of Education focused on issues that weren’t about dealing with the immediate crisis of the day, and they didn’t show the leadership that that was necessary and that parents needed to hear, and that kids needed to hear,” said Ronen.

At least a hundred recall backers had gathered in the back room of Manny’s Cafe in the Mission District on Tuesday night.

“This is what happens when you try to rename the schools in the middle of a pandemic!” exclaimed David Thompson a.k.a “Gaybraham” Lincoln, an SFUSD parent dressed in head-to-toe rainbow drag and towering platform shoes, who described his persona as a form of protest. “We wanted to show the diversity of the community behind this recall. I knew they were going to say, ‘Oh isn’t it just a bunch of Republicans?’ and I’m like, do I look like a Republican?”

Within the next few weeks, Mayor London Breed is expected to appoint replacements to finish out the commissioners’ terms, which end in early January 2023. To remain in office, the replacements would have to run in the upcoming November election, but would have an edge as incumbents.

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Comments

  1. The state should abolish this and other incompetent school boards, such as those of Los Angeles, San Diego, and other urban unified school districts in California, and turn their assets over to the municipalities in which their buildings are to be found, while absorbing their liabilities. The succeeding city councils will do well to contract out educational management, in at least some instances, to local education agencies that can competently establish basic schools like the European international municipal one to be found in Copenhagen, while the upper secondary level should focus on vocational education & training for technical careers for the majority of youth, while only a minority continue their general education in pursuit of advanced diplomas via independent high schools like those to be found in Montreal: AP-level qualifications should admit such students to top universities, while most young adults continue into vocational short-cycle tertiary level education, completing their apprenticeships & transitioning into qualified employment with meaningful career prospects.

  2. Hummmmm, the politics of the City Council and the School Board are almost aligned.

    The people saw the failure of the schools with Socialists and Communist in charge and kicked them out. Will they also do the same with the Frisco Council? Nope. So what you will get is the same but with white wash for a year or two until they can then go back to Radical Socialism.

    Frisco is the classic example of Leftest Political Failure………….

    OK so what is the next step for the voters who spoke out?

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