Gavin Newsom Accepts an Education Award in DC, Proceeds to Attack Red States – Opinion

California Governor Gavin Newsom traveled to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, in support of the National Forum of Education Policy, at which he received the Frank Newman Award, an award for state innovation, for California.

Newsom was elated to receive the award. attack red states for allegedly “banning books”:

“What’s happening now, banning books, the ‘othering’ of our students … it’s alarming … Education is under assault in a way we’ve never seen in our lifetimes.”

Newsom was speaking about states like Florida and Texas banning books such as “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Math books in Florida were also banned due to what the state calls “prohibited topics,” including social-emotional learning and critical race theory.

In 2021, RedState’s Alex Parker reported that Hayward Unified School’s board of trustees cast a unanimous vote in the Bay Area, making the CRT-based program mandatory for preschoolers. This occurred in California during the time Gavin Newsom held office.

Newsom praised California’s education improvements with universal PreK, after-school and summer programs as well as child savings accounts. All of these things are essential for children. However, Newsom did not mention the fact that Newsom’s children were sent to an in-person school when COVID-19 locked down schools. Other children could learn via Zoom or other methods.

While children in California had to go online, other states, such as Texas or Florida, where Newsom was attacking Wednesday’s attack, allowed schools to remain open. Children could also interact with one another and learn in person. During that time–from the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years–the Golden state lost more than 271,000 public school students

California has so many public schools, and Newsom’s children are not able to afford private education.

California ranked 44th and 38th respectively in math score, according to Wallet Hub’s 2019 study. California placed 34th on the list for dropping out and 50th on the student-teacher ratio. California ranks near the bottom of reading and math scores for many years. California’s school system ranks 44th in the nation, according to a March study.

Although Newsom said in the speech he’s really proud that they have universal opportunities in schools now, they should work on improving public schools, advocate for school choice, while putting the parents’ and students’ interests ahead of the teachers union.

California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley wrote to the Education Commission of the States about the award.

In reality, it’s clear Newsom kowtows to the teachers union and opposes school choice, which would grant parents and their children the option of going to a school that is not in their district. School choice would help minorities the most, so you would think Newsom would be for that–since he constantly talks about equality and equity. But it’s something he never delivers.

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