San Francisco will rename 44 schools, including campuses named after former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The near-unanimous Monday vote by the San Francisco Board of Education, with only one dissenter, comes after years of debate — and some scorn — over the reckoning of historical figures and their contentious, flawed legacies.

“It’s a message to our families, our students and our community,” board member Mark Sanchez said in the meeting, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s not just symbolic.”

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  1. Eileen Turner

    For all the larger issues occurring in San Francisco currently, I am puzzled about the reason this superfluous item is taking precedence. Let’s focus on the homeless population, the increased vandalism, the crime happening throughout. We need a reset on the values. Restaurants and small businesses failing and closing, people unable to pay rent and provide food for families, I implore the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors to deal with reality and what should be priority.


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