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Hundreds of individuals have signed a petition opposing San Francisco’s transfer to rename colleges in an try to “dismantle symbols of racism and white supremacy tradition.”

The petition has garnered greater than 10,000 signatures as of Friday after the San Francisco Board of Schooling voted Tuesday to alter the namesakes of 44 public colleges starting from former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington to present California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

“As mother and father/constituents, we strongly disagree with this determination,” the authors of the petition wrote. “When colleges are nonetheless but to open and SFUSD has not provide you with an efficient plan for distant studying, we consider that renaming colleges is the incorrect precedence.”

A pedestrian walks beneath an indication for Dianne Feinstein Elementary Faculty in San Francisco on Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photograph/Jeff Chiu)

The authors additionally famous that the trouble would price about $10,000 per college, as The New York Occasions first reported.

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The wording within the petition displays related issues from San Francisco Mayor London Breed. The mayor, who’s Black, referred to as the transfer poorly timed given the coronavirus pandemic that has stored town’s colleges closed since March.

“Our college students are struggling, and we needs to be speaking about getting them in lecture rooms, getting them psychological well being help and getting them the sources they want on this difficult time,” Breed stated, including that she helps the dialogue of renaming colleges however feels it ought to embrace mother and father, college students and others and happen when lecture rooms reopen.

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The SFUSD’s committee to rename colleges, created in 2018, reviewed campuses named for individuals who have been slave homeowners or had connections to slavery, colonization, exploitation of employees or others, and anybody who oppressed ladies, youngsters, queer or transgender folks.

A plaque for Roosevelt Center Faculty is seen exterior the varsity in San Francisco, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photograph/Haven Daley)

The committee additionally sought to alter names of faculties that honored anybody related to human rights or environmental abuses or espoused racist or white supremacist beliefs.

“This is a chance for our college students to study concerning the historical past of our college’s names, together with the potential new ones,” SFUSD Board President Gabriela López stated in a Wednesday assertion.

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He continued: “This decision got here to the varsity board within the wake of the assaults in Charlottesville, and we’re working alongside the remainder of the nation to dismantle symbols of racism and white supremacy tradition.”

Lopez stated the colleges have till April to recommend new names, which the board will vote on, and the precise renaming “may take a few years.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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