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"The Lowell Alumni Association, Friends of Lowell Foundation and the Asian American Legal Foundation sued the district and school board in April, asking the court to overturn the decision and reinstate the former policy.

 

Attorneys for the school board urged [Judge Ethan] Schulman to leave the new admissions policy in place even if it was adopted improperly. They noted that Lowell had suspended its longtime policy during the 2020-21 school year during the pandemic, and that the new policy had taken effect Oct. 25 with the start of applications for admission in 2022-23. Ordering an immediate change would be unfair to new applicants and cause financial hardship to the district, the attorneys said.

 

If so, Schulman responded in his ruling, 'the district and the board have only themselves to blame.'"

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Friends of Lowell Foundation Board of Directors Quoted:

“The denial of equal rights to educational opportunity for Asian-American children by those claiming progressive values is particularly tragic in light of the recent pandemic of violence against Asian-Americans,” FOLF board member Lee Cheng tells the WSJ. Please read the full article for the rest of his commentary.

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Friends of Lowell Foundation Board of Directors Quoted:


“Merit is not being redefined. I think merit is being defamed,” FOLF board member Lee Cheng tells the CSM. Please read the full report for the rest of his commentary, as well as remarks from other members of the Lowell community.

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“This lawsuit is about improving education for all people,” said attorney Christine Linnenbach. “We want to be included not excluded from the process.” Linnenbach represents the Friends of Lowell Foundation, the Lowell Alumni Association, the San Francisco Taxpayers Association and the Asian American Legal Foundation. She was joined by a number of attorneys, including former San Francisco supervisor, former state senator and retired judge Quentin Kopp, as well as Bradley Hertz and James Sutton.

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"The tweets were uncovered as part of an ongoing recall effort against Collins and two other board members by Diane Yap, a SFUSD graduate who was reportedly angered by the board’s decision to change the admissions process at Lowell High School, and has since formed a group called the Friends of Lowell. The recall group has argued the tweets illustrate an anti-Asian bias behind the Lowell decision, which many have viewed as hurting the Asian students who make up a large portion of the school’s student body."

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Friends of Lowell Foundation Board of Directors Quoted:

"Diane Yap, a San Francisco native and 2002 Lowell graduate, said her discovery of the tweets was 'distressing,' given Collins’ use of a racial epithet and reinforcement of a stereotype that Asian Americans aren’t politically active enough.

'I don’t think this sort of rhetoric is acceptable from any elected officials, especially given today’s climate and the violent attacks that are happening against Asians now,' she said. 'I absolutely see how her words about us can breed resentment and maybe be the seed that causes somebody to act violently against us or our elders.'
 

Yap called on Collins to step down."

Lee Cheng, founder of civil rights group Asian American Legal Foundation, also called on Collins to resign, saying he was shocked and dismayed at her comments.

 

“This is a culmination of decades of just watching the situation for Asian Americans in San Francisco deteriorate to the point we now see elderly senior citizens murdered in the streets in broad daylight with impunity,” Cheng said.

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CITIZEN FOUNDATION SUPPORTS RESTORING

MERIT-BASED ADMISSIONS AT LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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