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San Francisco Educators Put JROTC Reprieve on Ice
San Francisco values at work.
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A year ago, the San Francisco Board of (mis)Education–ignoring pleas from hundreds of students–took steps to kill the JROTC program in its public schools. Yesterday, a resolution to give the JROTC cadets a reprieve was tabled:

A controversial resolution that would have granted a one-year reprieve to the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in San Francisco schools was pulled off the school board’s agenda Tuesday night minutes after the meeting started.

Board President Mark Sanchez, a co-author of the measure, said he believed there wasn’t enough support for the measure as it was written.

“We need more discussion about it,” he said.

That means that unless the board takes further action in the future, the 90-year-old JROTC program will be eliminated at the end of this school year – fulfilling a decision the board made last November. The resolution before the board Tuesday would have extended the program for a year at five high schools, although it would have prevented ninth-graders from enrolling in those JROTC programs.

The JROTC programs at the other two high schools would have been eliminated and replaced with a still-undeveloped alternative program. Board member Kim-Shree Maufas, listed as the measure’s co-author, said she disagreed with the conditions in the resolution, specifically the prohibition against ninth-grade enrollment next year. She and Sanchez will “work on (the measure) some more,” she said.

More than 100 students and community members attended the meeting, the vast majority supporting the JROTC programs.

The program had been in place for 90 years, giving thousands of students over the years valuable leadership, physical ed, and self-discipline skills. But sending an anti-war, anti-military message in the name of “tolerance” takes precedence over student enrichment.

Caution: San Francisco values at work.

I’ll give one of the JROTC cadets the last word:

Lowell High School senior Connie Chen had hoped to address the board, but didn’t make it to the front of a very long line. Later, she said the board has left the students in limbo – with no extension and no replacement program – with about seven months until the end of the school year.

“They were elected to do what’s best for the students,” said Chen, who is the senior JROTC officer at her school. “They’re the ones who should take JROTC leadership courses.”

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