San Francisco Ousts . Board Members

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Today: San Francisco voters oust school board members. A sexual harassment case at Harvard exposed the messy reality of Title IX complaints. And some helpful life advice from a preschooler.

San Francisco Voters overthrow three members of the Board of Education on Tuesday, a victory for parents angered by the district’s priorities during the pandemic.

Data released by the district shows that distance learning hurt Black and Latino students the most in San Francisco, as well as nationally.

But instead of focusing on re-open the classroom for face-to-face learning, the school district aside time decision should I rename a third of its fields last year.

That attempt has failed and in some cases Incorrect history. The 44 public schools mentioned bear the names of a variety of historical figures including Abraham Lincoln; Senator Dianne Feinstein; John Muir, naturalist and author; and Paul Revere, a character from the Revolutionary War.

Siva Raj, a parent of public school students in San Francisco who helped lead the effort to put the repeal election on the ballot was inadmissible. .

The recall also appears to be a show of Asian-American voting power.

In the echo of debates in other cities, many Chinese voters were moved when the school board changed the admissions system for the district’s most prestigious high school, Lowell High School. It abolished requirements based primarily on scores and test scores, implementing a lottery system instead.

Criticism against the board grew stronger when voters discovered tweets written by the board’s vice chairman, Alison Collins, one of three ousted members. In them, she said Asian Americans were like slaves who benefited from working in a slave owner’s home.

David Lee, a political science lecturer at San Francisco State University, said the combination of tweets and changes to admissions policy at Lowell has empowered Asian Americans.

“It is an opportunity for the Chinese community to exercise their muscles,” he said. “The community is redefining itself.”

Last Tuesday, three female students graduated from Harvard File a lawsuit accused the university of ignoring allegations that an anthropology professor had sexually harassed students for years.

Fallout happens quickly and violently.

The next day, nearly all 38 professors signed an open letter defending accused professor John Comaroff, reversing course. After criticismthey issued a new letter, “We withdraw“Initially said they lacked sufficient information about the incident.

The university also faced public outcry over how it handled the investigation, mandated by federal law, into the professor’s conduct.

According to the lawsuit, Harvard obtained notes from one of the graduate psychotherapy sessions without her consent and sharing them with Comaroff, whom she accused of kissing, hugging and groping her.

The graduate student’s attorney, Lilia Kilburn, said she provided the name of her psychotherapist to Harvard, but said she did not consent to the university taking those records.

The university said it could not discuss her case specifically without a breach of confidentiality and only provided background information about what it usually does in such cases. Harvard says it will only contact a therapist if a patient indicates the therapist has relevant information — and then only with consent.

Harvard also said that the disputing parties were informed that the information would be shared with both parties and that if they were not willing to share it, they should not submit it. Brett Sokolow, an attorney and president of the Association of Title IX Administrators, who was not involved in the case, said it is standard practice under Title IX, the federal education law that mandates investigations of abuses. sexual harassment complaints.

Comaroff, through his attorneys, has denied any wrongdoing. During its investigation, Harvard found that he had violated policies on sexual harassment and gender identity, but did not find him responsible for unwanted sex.

It’s a difficult, frustrating case, and in this tangle of allegations and claims is a messy reality: The Title IX process is complicated and whistleblowers don’t always understand the rules or the consequences of their decisions.

Since so many people claim without an attorney, as Kilburn originally did, they rely on universities to guide them.

Arthur Caplan, a professor of medical ethics at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, said that “university officials often think about protecting the school, not protecting the client.

Caplan said it’s unclear whether the university should pursue the profile in the first place.

“It’s very murky about consent, because she’s pressured, she’s vulnerable,” he said. “Does she really know what she’s turning to?”

Caplan added: “I’m not even sure if you said it was possible to share it, that it would be fine to do it.


And the rest…

Clark Todebush, 5, struggled with the transition to daycare. Here are some of Clark’s tips for cope with anxietyaccompanied by a few brief explanations of the context from his mother.

“You have to say the affirmation with your mouth and heart.”

“Another mom on Twitter talked about saying affirmations to their kids before school. We tried it. Sometimes I say to him, ‘Say it as you please.’ I guess he translated that.”

“You say, ‘I am brave in this encounter! I am loved! I smell the fragrance!'”

“He knows you can be scared of something, so he talks about being brave in the face of things. I like the grammatical structure. I never fixed it because I like it better. I don’t know where ‘I smell good’ comes from, but I like it. I will use it a lot. ”

“Even if it’s a lucky day, you might get a hug.”

“There were many times when I couldn’t do anything. I told him, “Even if it’s a bad day, when I get home, I’ll hug you.”

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