If the global coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, It’s that leadership can be just as deadly as the virus itself. Instead of focusing on how to get more than 54,000 of San Francisco’s children back into public schools, the board is taking its time assessing whether or not to rename some of its schools.
Not only is the reopening of schools being postponed, but it is so low on San Francisco’s “to-do” list that simply discussing reopening schools has been postponed. Fox News reports “the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) postponed Tuesday’s scheduled talks on how to safely reopen classrooms despite an ongoing lawsuit by the City Attorney’s Office.”
“Opting instead,” adds Fox News, “to work on renaming 44 of the city’s public schools.” Over 110 private schools have managed to open successfully, some as far back as September, but the San Francisco Board of Education is currently working on renaming schools they believe are “offensive” due to their representation of “White supremacy.”
Changing names alone is estimated to cost between $400,000 to $1 million dollars. Instead of spending that money to help the lapse of education children have endured from an entire year in quarantine, the money will be spent on signs, uniforms, insignias and more to accommodate name changes.