Democrat Mayor Admits 'Woke' School Policies 'Failed Our Children'
San Francisco Mayor London Breed makes admission while recalling school board members
San Francisco's Democrat Mayor London Breed has admitted that the city's Board of Education "failed our children" by pushing "woke" policies.
Breed spoke with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday after three leftist members of the school board were ousted by massive margins in a recall election last week.
The mayor concedes that the recall effort was about parents’ frustration with the school board.
The board is accused of prioritizing progressive concerns over the need to put students back into the classroom.
Todd read off several headlines from news outlets across the country reacting to the recall vote.
“So, there’s all these array of takes, what’s yours?” he asked.
"Well, my take is, it was really about the frustration of the Board of Education doing their fundamental job, and that is to make sure that our children are getting educated, that they get back into the classroom, and that did not occur,” Breed responded.
"They were focusing on other things that were clearly a distraction.
"Not to say that those other things around renaming schools and conversations around changes to our school district weren’t important, but what was most important was the fact that our kids were not in the classroom.”
Breed confessed that educating children shouldn’t be about promoting far-left idealogy.
"And so in this particular case, the board neglected their primary responsibility to focus on other things, other things that are important, but not as significant as what they were there to do and that is to educate children,” she said.
School board president Gabriela López, vice president Faauuga Moliga and commissioner Alison Collins were all stripped of their positions during a special election last week.
More than 70 percent of voters supported the recall.
Parents launched the effort in January 2021 over the board’s focus on progressive proposals — including renaming dozens of schools — instead of serving the best interests of the children.
The school board approved a plan to rename 44 public schools that it said honored public figures linked to racism, sexism, and slavery — including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Voters were also irked that the board wasted hours debating remote learning and mask mandates as San Francisco schools remained closed from March 2020 to August 2021 even as students in neighboring districts returned to class.
The ousted school board president blamed voters who are “aligned” with white supremacists for recalling her.
"So if you fight for racial justice, this is the consequence,” López said in a tweet last Thursday.
"Don’t be mistaken, white supremacists are enjoying this.
"And the support of the recall is aligned with this.”
In the posting, she linked to a Washington Post headline that said: “San Francisco recalls school board members seen as too focused on racial justice."
"This headline says it all,” López said.
"If you are not outraged, you’re not paying attention."