San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera stated concerning the city’s lawsuit of its own public school district, “Not a single San Francisco public school student has set foot in their classroom in 327 days…. More than 54,000 San Francisco schoolchildren are suffering. They are being turned into Zoom-bies by online school. Enough is enough.”
It’s not the city keeping schools closed, either; it’s the teachers’ unions. The school has permitted at least some in-person learning since September, yet teachers refuse to return until receiving vaccination for COVID-19.
Noting private schools have long returned to campuses, the attorney’s statement added that returning to in-person learning should be a top priority. The words served as a jab to the recent focus of San Francisco Schools, as the school board voted to rename 44 locations. This includes renaming schools named after George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. These American heroes are apparently not woke enough for naming rights on the left coast anymore.
Even the city’s mayor has shown full support for the return to in-person learning. Mayor London Breed’s Twitter account states, “This is not the path we would have preferred, but nothing matters more right now than getting our kids back in school.”
Another post adds, “The City has offered resources and staff to get our school facilities ready and to support testing for our educators. We’ve offered the guidance and expertise of the Department of Public Health. We are ready and willing to do our part to get our kids back in the classroom.”
Consider this: one of the most liberal school districts in our nation now has the city’s top leader supporting the return to in-person education. It’s the even more liberal teacher unions that are fighting for impossible views to justify working remotely as students desperately need interaction, while many parents need to return to jobs.
The 15 day pause to slow the spread back in March 2020 has turned into nearly a year of government lockdown. Californians are angry, attempting to recall Governor Newsom, and voting with their feet by moving to other states.
Ironically, school board president Gabriela Lopez reported in the Chronicle the lawsuit will “most likely slow us down.” Seriously? The school district is already moving so slowly it is moving backwards. While conservatives would rarely agree with a liberal San Francisco mayor, in this case they could make an exception and support a return to schools.
In contrast, GOP-led states like Florida have remained open the entire school year without the feared COVID-19 spikes experts predicted. Instead, Dr. Fauci and team just change their mind or move the goalposts to adjust when the data doesn’t fit their headlines.
If America would go back to school and the office, we might discover we could actually make some progress, even under the Biden administration. Until citizens and cities choose to step up and make their own way, we’ll continue to be shackled by big government policies and the ridiculous unions that support them.