Admittance to San Francisco’s prestigious Lowell High School will once again be based on test scores and grades following a vote by the school board.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the board voted 4-3 to return to the merit-based system Wednesday after two years of using a lottery.
The implementation of that lottery sparked controversy and lead to the recent recall of three school board members as well as a lawsuit, reported ABC7 News.
However, observers also say Wednesday night’s decision could also inspire a lawsuit.
The district originally went to the lottery system to diversify a student body that was majority Asian American.
“The lottery system means Lowell is diverse,” said Virginia Marshall, president of the San Francisco Alliance of Black Educators. “It is not just for one ethnic group. It’s for all students who choose to make Lowell their home.”
However, others said a better solution would be to improve preparation of students from underrepresented communities.
“Let’s fix the elementary and middle schools in the Bayview (neighborhood) so they’ll be prepared,” said Rex Ridgeway.
Jenny Lam, Ann Hsu, Lisa Weismann-Ward and Lainie Motamedi voted in the board majority. Kevine Boggess,Matt Sanchez and Matt Alexander voted against.
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