*** The Board of Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District has diverted $25 million from the Los Angeles School Police Department to fund its Black Achievement Plan designed to “empower community groups, improve student literacy, and reduce over-identification of Black students for suspension, discipline, and other measures.” Such policies are spreading nationwide.
*** The teachers in such communities as San Diego and Sacramento refused to return to in-person teaching unless able to bring their children with them to their classrooms and won. Now the United Teachers of Los Angeles have gone even further, demanding that educators with young children be allowed to continue teaching remotely until the district provides them with subsidized childcare and a proper childcare program for teachers by the fall.
*** Back in March, San Francisco officials, including Mayor London Breed, called on San Francisco School Board Vice President Alison Collins to resign because of her anti-Asian tweets that accused Asians of adopting “white supremacist ideology” and striving to become “model minorities, so they can take advantage of a white supremacist system.”
*** Fighting back, this month, San Francisco School Board Vice President Alison Collins (see above) sued the San Francisco Unified School District, the city of San-Francisco, the county of San Francisco, and five fellow school board commissioners. In her badly worded, error-filled lawsuit, she wants $12 million in general damages from each defendant, and $3 million in punitive damages from each of the five named board members, for a total of $87 million.
*** In light of such recent scandals, the San Francisco school board has suspended its former decision to rename 44 of its schools, including those named after Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, writer Robert Louis Stevenson, and Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere. Oh, yes, also Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, too. The matter will be revisited at a later time.
*** In March, the California State Board of Education approved the first statewide ethnic studies curriculum for high schoolers. Its 33 lesson plans teach students “about the struggles and contributions of historically marginalized people which are often untold in United States history courses.”
With thanks, Carol