SF high school faces backlash after eliminating student elections to engineer diversity

An attempt to engineer diversity in student government at a public high school in San Francisco has drawn scrutiny from parents who claim faculty tried to replace an appointed student leader with another student because of his Latino last name.

For the first time, administrators at Raoul Wallenberg High School decided last September to forgo the democratic process in student elections and appoint members of the freshman class to most of the seats on the student council. The freshman president and all student leaders for other grade levels were still elected.

Part of the reasoning behind the change was to “encourage more diversity in our student leadership,” according to Principal Cheryl Foster, who responded to questions from the San Francisco Examiner through a district spokesperson.

But the attempt reportedly elicited outrage at a community meeting on April 28 from students who wanted the right to vote and parents like Christina Martinez, who said school officials tried to court her son, James Ortiz, 15, onto the student council because of his surname.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    This who give up freedom for diversity deserve neither.

    • Glad the young man spoke up.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Was my wordplay that weak? 😉

        • Exile1981

          violently if those idiots in fergusson are any indication.

  • V10_Rob

    We’re going to unilaterally appoint people to office based on their race and gender, instead of democratically electing them based on their character and ideas.

    Because it’s 2016.

    • Alain

      Well it has been going on in the emplyment area for a long time. Qualifications and merit be damned which is what affirmative action or sometimes called employment equity is about.

  • bargogx1

    And by “encourage” they mean force.

  • Editor

    This is possible because principal Lena Van Haren didn’t get her ass unceremoniously fired last year when she did a similar thing.
    The principal, in this case, will lie, minimize, leftsplain and “think of the children” for a couple of weeks until it all blows over like in Van Haren’s case. Then it’ll be back to business in academia.

    • Alain

      I suggest the principal was also likely an affirmative action appointment.