Nearly 20 school board trustees from across the South Bay are demanding San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo stop politicizing school re-openings.
The trustees penned a letter, signed by leaders across nine school districts, criticizing Liccardo’s new advocacy group, Solutions San Jose, which launched a campaign with a petition to quickly reopen schools in the 19 districts across San Jose.
School trustees say Liccardo is being disingenuous when he claims to want to reopen schools in the name of social justice.
More than 2,400 people signed the mayor’s petition in 24 hours. In a follow up email, Liccardo wrote that keeping schools closed “is a critical civil rights issue, creating a ‘separate and unequal’ system of learning.” Education leaders in East San Jose, one of the most vulnerable neighborhoods hit hardest by COVID-19, previously questioned the mayor’s motives.
In the new letter, trustees say Liccardo’s petition actually works against his purported goals.
“In reality, his petition does nothing to solve the many issues before us in dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 on our school-aged children and especially the region’s ‘low income families,’” the letter states. “To be clear, ‘safely re-opening of schools; is already underway, and has been since March 2020.”
Educators and school unions are fighting back against reopening schools before safety measures — including COVID-19 vaccines for all teachers and staff — are put in place.
The letter asks for other forms of help from Liccardo, including “using his political power as the mayor of the tenth largest city to demand increased vaccination