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San Francisco Voters Oust 3 School Board Members in Recall

After years of friction, they lose in a landslide.

Supporters of the San Francisco School Board recall gather at Carl Larsen Park in San Francisco, on Feb. 12.

Supporters of the San Francisco School Board recall gather at Carl Larsen Park in San Francisco, on Feb. 12.

Photographer: Stephen Lam/The San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images
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San Francisco voters overwhelmingly recalled three of the city’s seven school board members, after years of racial turmoil and a delayed return to in-person schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Tuesday special election was influenced by the board’s decision to make admission to the city’s most prestigious high school dependent on a lottery rather than academic metric — and by the discovery of social media posts made in 2016 by one of the commissioners that disparaged Asian-Americans.