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California also proposed new non-binding educational guidelines that would expand the high-level math curriculum to include statistics or data science, encourage schools to place all middle school students at the same math level, and institute themes of “justice. social ”in the course material. .

The University of California system has dropped its SAT requirement for admissions.

Several school districts in California, including Los Angeles and San Diego, have suggested changes to grading policies, including removing penalties for missed deadlines. In a letter explaining the changes, Los Angeles Unified School District officials wrote that traditional scoring had been used to “justify and provide unequal educational opportunities based on a student’s race or class.”

None of these examples should be particularly controversial for progressives who truly believe in equity in education. The fact that everyone has been attacked by the right only increases the need to defend, criticize and improve them, rather than creating an atmosphere of denial and deviation.

But what about those times when things start to get very weird and untenable?

The San Francisco School Board spent much of the early parts of 2021 debating the renaming of schools without much talk about reopening or even distance class plans. (They ultimately put the name change plan on hold after fierce criticism from parents and the Mayor of London Breed.)

Then came the abrupt change in admissions practices at Lowell, a gem of the San Francisco Unified School District that, like Stuyvesant in New York City, relied largely on a standardized entrance test. Last year, citing the pandemic, the school board announced that Lowell would switch to a lottery scheme. Last February, he said those changes would be permanent and only gave parents a short window to prepare a response.

Many San Franciscans, especially poor immigrant families with almost no social capital, have planned their children’s education around the Lowell Entrance Exam. A coalition of parents, in response, called for the recall of three board members, a move that has attracted many progressives supporters, including State Senator Scott Wiener, who represents the city.

There was also the bizarre controversy surrounding Alison Collins, a school board member and wife of a wealthy real estate developer. Collins, who is black, had been one of the city’s most prominent fairness advocates. Earlier this year, some of Collins’ old tweets surfaced, one of which used a racist slur to describe some Asian students and parents and suggested they were all in the grip of whiteness and assimilation. Collins was removed from a few school board committees and stripped of her leadership titles soon after, but retained her seat. She responded by suing the school district and school board members who acted against her. (Collins has since dropped the lawsuit, which was previously dismissed by a federal judge.)


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