Judge dismisses ousted school board Vice President Alison Collins’ $87M SFUSD lawsuit

As San Francisco students returned to school on campus, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit of former Vice President of the Board of Education Alison Collins against her fellow school board members and the San Francisco Unified School District. a lawsuit that required a total of $ 87 million from the defendants.

Judge Haywood S. Gilliam of the Northern California District dismissed the case Monday and also threw a preliminary injunction that could restore him as vice president of the school board. Collins was removed from the position in March, but remains on the school board.

“The Court concluded that the Plaintiff failed to charge any action by Defendant that would violate a clearly established constitutional right,” writes Gilliam in his dismissal, but all close to Collins ’claim that the resolution dismissing his vice presidency violates First Amendment rights his. .

In lawsuits filed in March, he said his removal from that position caused “irreparable injury, loss and damage to Ms. Collins, including damage to her reputation and standing in the community.”

But the court also ignored that claim on the basis that its removal did not violate any constitutional rights either.

Gilliam also wrote that Collins had an “extraordinarily heavy burden of securing a mandatory preliminary injunction” with his return to the vice president’s position.

In the string of tweets dated back to 2016 – before his time on the school board – he used an anti-Black slur as a description of Asian Americans, accusing them of using “white supremacist thoughts to assimilate and ‘get ahead.”

The tweets were resurfaced in March by a group in support of recalling the unified San Francisco school board and were rounded condemned soon after by fellow school board members, a multitude of city leaders including Mayor London Breed and community members.

“Our students and our API community deserve better,” Race tweeted in March.

Already a firebrand in the SFUSD community, both as a parent and as a member of the board, Collins has already come under fire in recent months for a hot-mic incident in which he called merit-based admission with the advocates “racism.”

Collins, along with school board president Gabriela Lopez and Collins ’successor Faauuga Moliga, are three members of the Board of Education and recall campaign mounted against them. As of last month, reported the Potrero View, campaigns to remember Lopez and Collins have each gathered more than 20,000 signatures.

Charles Bonner, attorney representing Collins, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE.

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