San Francisco voters on Feb. 15 overwhelmingly voted to recall three school board members, expressing their frustration with the board's strict rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moliga had told The Epoch Times that the effort was "motivated by politics" while Lopez asserted money funding the recall was being wasted because a general election is scheduled for later in 2022. On the eve of the vote, Collins shared social media posts exploring the backers of the campaign, which included billionaire Arthur Rock, who has typically donated to Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in recent decades.
After the early results came in, Moliga said that "we fought hard and ran a great campaign," thanking supporters and promising that there "are many more fights ahead of us." Lopez said she'd run for a board seat in November.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, a Democrat who clashed with the board over school reopening, said in a statement that voters "have delivered a clear message that the school board must focus on the essentials of delivering a well-run school system above all else."
"Thank you for standing up for our kids when our elected leaders completely failed them," the Recall SF School Board campaign said on Twitter.
Breed pushed for schools to reopen in early 2021, but the board resisted that push. Schools finally reopened in-person in August 2021.
Studies show virtual learning has led to inferior learning outcomes, including lower test scores, and critics of remote schooling have also linked it to a rise in mental health problems.
Other prominent Democrats, including former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, backed the recall effort.
Breed will pick the replacements for the three ousted members.