A Brief Look at the San Francisco School Board Election
Eight months after that stunning recall election, San Francisco voters will once again decide who should control the direction of the school district.
The three trustees appointed by Mayor London Breed after the recall will try to convince voters to let them stay on board today.
There are six candidates vying for three seats:
- Ann Hsu (I)
- Lainie Motamedi (I)
- Lisa Weissman-Ward (I)
- Alida Fisher
- Karen Fleshman
- Gabriela López
Hsu, Motamedi, and Weissman-Ward were appointed by Breed and are currently serving on the board.
Fisher is the executive director of the Community Alliance for Special Education. She wants a more inclusive budget, reading interventions, and more mental health supports in schools.
Fleshman is a diversity and inclusion educator. Her priorities include budget transparency and investment in social-emotional learning.
López is one of the board members who was recalled in February. She said she's running because she believes the district is headed in the wrong direction.
Here’s what López told the San Francisco Standard about the elephant in the room:
“That time away really helped me reflect on my first term, everything that happened and ways of navigating things differently. People recognized that the recall wasn’t actually just going to eliminate all the issues they were seeing. If we want learning to happen, students need to feel like they’re cared for and in a learning environment.”
The biggest issues in the SFUSD races are the budget, the payroll scandal, and declining enrollment at SFUSD schools. Racist statements by Hsu are also an issue in the campaign.