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San Francisco ousts 3 school board members over ‘anti-Asian’ policies

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  • Three members of the San Francisco School Board were removed from office after a recall election on Tuesday.
  • Demands for a recall sprang in early 2021 after the board pushed to rename 44 schools instead of working to get children back into classrooms.
  • The ousted members also voted on using a lottery system at Lowell High School, ending a century-long process of merit-based admissions that has kept its student population predominantly Asian.
  • Mayor London Breed, the top figure who supported the recall, said the results deliver a clear message that the board “must focus on the essentials of delivering a well-run school system above all else.”

Three members of San Francisco’s Board of Education were removed from office after a landslide vote in a recall election held on Tuesday.

The result brings a sense of relief for activists who have pushed for the members’ recall over misplaced priorities, including what many perceived to be “anti-Asian” policies.

California school worker on leave after message to students’ parents that said ‘China gave us this Covid’

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  • An employee at Baldy View Elementary School in California was placed on leave after sending anti-Asian messages to students’ parents via a school messaging app.
  • “The school wants everyone to wear red tomorrow (Feb. 1) but I disagree and do not support the CCP,” read the message. “I am sorry and disagree. China gave us this Covid and will not wear red. Parents you need to wake up!”
  • It is a tradition among Chinese to wear red clothing during Lunar New Year celebrations, as the color is associated with good luck.
  • The Upland Unified School District did not provide details about the employee’s name or their position in the school; however, Superintendent Lynn J. Carmen Day confirmed that the staff member was immediately put on leave after officials discovered the insensitive message.

A California elementary school has placed an employee on leave after she allegedly sent an anti-Asian message to students’ parents.

In a message sent to the parents of Baldy View Elementary School students on Jan. 31, the unnamed employee of Upland Unified School District (UUSD) said that they would not join in the school’s Lunar New Year celebrations, reported KTLA

Illinois Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Requiring Schools to Teach Asian American History

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Illinois is now on its way to becoming the first state to require public schools to teach Asian American history as part of its curriculum as the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act enters final voting.

The final phase: The TEAACH Act (HB 376) received a unanimous vote of 57-0 at the Illinois Senate on Tuesday, according to Injustice Watch.

Over 2,500 Asian American New Yorkers Sign Letter Demanding Inclusion in History Curriculum

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More than 2,500 residents of New York City have come together to sign an open letter calling for the inclusion of Asian American history in public schools on Monday.

The letter, addressed to Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter, argues that the surge in anti-Asian incidents has highlighted the “woefully inadequate” education of Asian American history in the school curriculum — and that instruction must start in the earliest grades.

SB City College VP On Leave After Asking Why Japanese Americans Didn’t ‘Just Leave’ Concentration Camps

Joyce Coleman, the vice president of Santa Barbara Community College’s Extended Learning program, is being investigated for offensive comments targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

The comments being addressed were said at the SBCC’s Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee on March 23, according to Santa Barbara Independent.

Middle School Teachers Suspended Over ‘Derogatory’ Test Question Against Chinese Culture

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Three middle school teachers with the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (CFBISD) in Texas have been put on administrative leave pending investigation on a test question that encouraged racial stereotypes about Chinese culture.

Joy Lim, a 2018 Carrollton Creekview High School graduate, shared the question on Twitter Tuesday, which she says had appeared on her sixth-grade sister’s social studies quiz.

SF School Board Member Said Asian Americans ‘Use White Supremacist Thinking’ to ‘Get Ahead’ in Old Tweets

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Derogatory tweets by the vice president of San Francisco’s Board of Education have recently resurfaced, prompting several San Franciscans to push for her resignation. 

Resurfaced Tweets: In a series of tweets from 2016, Vice President Alison Collins shared anti-Asian American sentiments, according to the San Francisco Chronicle