San Francisco school board suspends plan to rename schools

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Abraham Lincoln High School is seen in San Francisco, on Jan. 27, 2021. The embattled San Francisco school board is poised to reverse a decision to rename 44 schools in an effort to avoid costly litigation and tone down national criticism. In a Tuesday, April 6, 2021, meeting, the board will vote on a resolution to rescind a controversial January decision to rename schools and revisit the matter after all students have returned full-time to in-person learning. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) โ€” The San Francisco school board has reversed a much-criticized decision to rename 44 schools it said were linked to racism, sexism, slavery or other injustices.

Itโ€™s an effort to avoid costly litigation and tone down outrage at what critics call ill-timed activism.

The board voted late Tuesday to rescind its January decision to strip schools of the names, including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

Critics blasted the board for some of its targets and its timing, saying it should focus on getting kids back into classrooms.

The resolution says the board will revisit the matter after all students have returned to in-person learning.

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