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In Landslide, San Francisco Forces Out 3 Board of Education Members

The recall, which galvanized Asian Americans, was a victory for parents angered by the district’s priorities during the pandemic.

By Thomas Fuller Feb. 16, 2022

More than 70 percent of voters supported the recall of each member when initial results were released just before 9 p.m. Pacific time, and one of the board members conceded defeat. Those votes made up about one-quarter of registered voters in the city, and turnout was not expected to be considerably higher.


In echoes of debates in other cities, many Chinese voters were incensed when the school board introduced a lottery admission system for Lowell High School, the district’s most prestigious institution, abolishing requirements primarily based on grades and test scores. A judge last year ruled that the board had violated procedures in making the change.

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