San Francisco voters in February ousted three school board members in a landslide election that proponents hoped would reshape the city's education policy and politics. Just four months later, the impacts of that vote are emerging in a big way. The recall effort was driven in part by disagreement over how to handle admissions at Lowell High School, an elite public school that for decades accepted students primarily based on high test scores and grades. (Lowell's long list of notable alumni includes Justice Stephen G. Breyer and former Gov. Pat Brown.) In October 2020, the San Francisco school board voted to install a lottery-based admissions system in hopes of diversifying the student body and expanding access as social justice changes gained momentum in California. The board made that policy permanent in early 2021. But the moves angered many city parents, particularly Asian Americans, who felt it unfairly limited their children's long-sought entry into one of the nation's top-performing schools. So on Wednesday evening, the newly constituted school board, with three members appointed by Mayor London Breed , took up the issue. And in a marked shift, it voted 4-3 to reinstate merit-based admissions at Lowell for fall 2023. "It speaks… Read full this story
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