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Alumni Association Joins Lawsuit Against SFUSD Board of Education and Superintendent

April 6, 2021

The SFUSD Board of Education has officially rescinded Board Resolution 211-12A1 (approving the list of schools to be renamed). While claims of a “frivolous lawsuit” are written in this resolution to rescind the above, The Court agreed with the arguments and forced The Board to act. We want to thank Paul Scott and Lincoln own’s Lawrence Tribe for their guidance and leadership through this.
The Board has made indications that they will attempt to bring this issue back up once schools are fully open. We can celebrate for now but the fight may begin again.

April 3, 2021

In response to our lawsuit, on Tuesday, the SFUSD Board will introduce a resolution officially repealing Board Resolution 211-12A1 (sanctioned list for approval of renaming schools). The resolution notes that The Board will revisit renaming when all students are back in classrooms full time. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep everyone as informed as possible.

March 17, 2021

The Abraham Lincoln High School Alumni Association of San Francisco, in conjunction with the George Washington High School Alumni Association, the San Francisco Taxpayers Association, George Washington High School Alumnus and former County Superintendent of Schools for Contra Costa County Karen Shigezumi Sakata, and Abraham Lincoln High School Alumnus and former State Senator John Burton have filed suit against the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education and SFUSD Superintendent Vincent Matthews to seek the repeal of SFUSD Board Resolution 211-12A1, the resolution to rename 44 schools in SFUSD, due to the Board’s violations of the Brown Act, the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitutions, Article I, §§ 1, 2(a) and 7 of the California Constitution, Board Policy 7310, and Board Resolution 184-10A1.

We are being represented by former DOJ attorney Paul Scott and constitutional law professor and Lincoln Alumnus Lawrence Tribe. We thank them for their work on this matter.

The Board of Education will now have until April 16th to dissolve the School Names Committee and repeal SFUSD Board Resolution 211-12A1 or reply to the court as to why they cannot do the above. For more information and links to the briefs, please see this tweet from Paul Scott.

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