San Francisco school official deems acronyms ‘racist’ in axing arts department moniker

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The San Francisco public school arts department — whose board decided last week to rename 44 schools that honored figures such as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington — have decided to take on their next target: acronyms. The director of the district’s arts department told local ABC7 news that a decision has been made to change the name of their department, “VAPA,” which is short for visual and performing arts. The new name will be SFUSD Arts Department. “We are prioritizing antiracist arts instruction in our work,” the director, Sam Bass, told the network. “The use of so many acronyms within the educational field often tends to alienate those who may not speak English to understand the acronym.” It was not clear whether SFUSD was also considered a racist acronym.