Concerns Raised over Lack of Diversity in SF School Election Results

KTVU (San Francisco), October 15, 2015

The principal of Everett Middle School in San Francisco tells KTVU that the results of the school election have been publicly announced.

The results had been withheld immediately after the election because the principal felt that the winners weren’t diverse enough.

We’ve learned that the majority of the winners were white, despite the fact that the student body is 80% students of color.

The incident happened at Everett Middle School in San Francisco’s Mission District. The voting was held Oct. 10, but the principal sent an email to parents on Oct. 14 saying the results would not be released because the candidates that were elected as a whole do not represents the diversity that exists at the school.

The email went on to say they were thinking of ways to value the students who won, while increasing the diversity of the group.

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According to Principal Lena Van Haren, Everett Middle School has a diverse student body. {snip}

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She said the school may possibly add positions in an effort to be more equal.

“I’m very hopeful this can be a learning experience and actually be something that embodied our vision which is to help students make positive change,” she added.

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