As predicted in these pages (“A lesson plan for the school board recall,” February 2022), three members of the San Francisco school board were recalled in the Feb. 15 election. The overwhelming results — every neighborhood in the city voted for their recall, with yes votes tallying from 72 to 79 percent of the votes, with ballots still being counted — strengthens Mayor London Breed’s hand in shaping the city’s schools.
Once the election results are certified (expected in early March), Breed will be able to appoint replacements for the ousted board members. Breed said the board will have important work to take care of, including “addressing a significant budget deficit, hiring a new superintendent, and navigating our emergence from this pandemic,” she said after the vote. “These are on top of the structural issues the district has faced for years that include declining enrollment and fixing our school assignment system to better serve families and our students. The school district has a lot of work to do, and the city is ready to offer support as we all move forward.”