Think of the Children: Recall Gavin Newsom!

Gavin Newsom spent Halloween morning with students and faculty at Blue Oak Elementary in Shingle Springs. This school was affected by utility power shutoffs this week & came together to keep school open. via Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK — There are 6,163,001 reasons for California voters to recall Gavin Newsom on Tuesday. That’s the number of K-12 students who largely are ill-served by the Golden State’s Democrat governor.

California once boasted America’s finest government classrooms. I was highly fortunate to attend such schools in Los Angeles, from kindergarten in 1969 until high-school graduation in 1982. Back then, kids actually learned something from mainly talented teachers.

My, how far that system has fallen.

California’s schools are ranked No. 41 overall in America, according to a WalletHub study last month. While California was a dismal 36th in quality (behind No. 34, Washington, D.C.), it ranked 51st in safety. That’s right: California’s schools are more dangerous than those in every other state and D.C., which was a mere 47th in safety. California’s pupil-teacher ratio was ranked No. 50. Only Arizona’s classrooms are more packed. 

The latest National Assessment of Educational Progress found in 2019 that only 32 percent of California’s fourth graders were proficient in reading, versus 34 percent nationwide. Just 30 percent of eighth graders read at grade level, compared to the 32 percent national average.

The same NAEP data show that only 34 percent of California’s fourth graders were proficient in math, versus 40 percent across America. Just 29 percent of eighth graders could compute at grade level, compared to the 33 percent national average.

To be charitable, California’s schools are reliably below average.

How bad does it get?

Ask Larry Elder, the veteran conservative radio host who leads the Republican contenders who hope to unseat and replace Newsom.

“I went to Crenshaw High School,” Elder said in a new campaign ad. “If you saw the movie Boyz N the Hood, that’s my high school. Right now, only 2 percent of kids at Crenshaw High School are math proficient. Now, who sends their kid to a school where only 2 percent of the kids are math proficient, if they have an out? We’re spending almost $15,000 per student per year in California, and yet our scores are near the bottom of all 50 states. This is ridiculous.”

For Elder, this issue is not just academic.

“Recalling Gavin Newsom is personal to me,” he observed in another spot. “I benefited from schools, the quality of which allowed me to go from South Central to the Ivy League. That route is now foreclosed because the quality of the schools has declined. I favor school choice. He doesn’t. I favor giving parents an option out. He doesn’t.”

Elder recalled that Newsom’s children enjoyed in-class education even as their father padlocked government campuses and sentenced millions of students to Zoom school.

“There’s absolutely no reason why children without the wealth of the Newsom family should not have the same academic opportunities,” Elder tells me.

The Pacific Research Institute’s Lance Izumi considers Newsom a sworn enemy of school choice.

“Under a 2019 law signed by Governor Newsom, local school boards can deny a charter petition if it finds that the proposed charter ‘is demonstrably unlikely to serve the interests of the entire community,’ which is a carte-blanche reason to deny any charter petition,” Izumi wrote early this year. “In other words, the future of charter schools in California looks very rocky at best.”

Indeed, on this vital matter, the Center for Education Reform’s Parent Power! Index gives California a big, fat F. Beyond embattled charter schools, CER declared: “There are no choice programs in this state.” 

Classroom-excellence advocates, including Elder, are promoting the Educational Freedom Act. This referendum would make Sacramento deposit $14,000 in every student’s personal account. This sum — adjusted to match average, annual, per-pupil outlays — could help finance tuition, books, and supplies at any eligible school that parents and students select.

Given the leash that the teachers’ unions have around Newsom’s neck, he will battle this measure like a Rottweiler — unless voters neuter him on Tuesday.

Think of the children. Recall Gavin Newsom.

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Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research


Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


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Mike W
Mike W
1 month ago

This article is an indictment on our school system nationally. I did not see one discipline where there were even 40% of the students performing at grade level. That’s more 60% are failing. And these damned school unions are making demands? They should be fired – they are the failures. Kids in the past learned more with paper and pencil than kids today are learni ng with freakin computers. AND what do the Democrats losers in the teachers union propose to fix this mess? Lower the standards???

Big Ed
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike W

“Kids are learning with freaking computers and what do the Democrat losers in the teachers union propose to fix this mess?” Lower the standards. This is a pretty significant critique of the educational system in the USA. But, there is an upside-these kids might eventually become climate scientists (it used to be that a scientist needed much training in the sciences-not so anymore). Anyone who has a computer and a modicum of skills can write a program to predict future weather and thereby become a climate scientist. Of course, your program doesn’t have to actually predict the weather as the current programs do not. These fluff programs are used as follows: each “scientist” runs his/her computer to develop a prediction for tomorrow-then the two dozen known wrong answers are averaged to “guess” what the weather might actually be. Einstein has to be rolling over in his grave-“scientists” average twenty four wrong answers and accept the average as a prediction.

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1 month ago
Reply to  Mike W

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Ellen Janes
Ellen Janes
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike W

No, theyjust want more money, and when they receive it, they will just ask for more and then ask for more money AGAIN

Jo Rogers
Jo Rogers
1 month ago

The only pull out the “do it for the children” if it gives them more power or kill them in the womb.

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo Rogers

If globalists and their demonrats and libby snow flake sheep don’t kill the babies, they will kill their mind with their liberalism and common core and racism etc .

Casey
Casey
1 month ago

Newsom has to go but whoever comes in to replace him needs to understand that the problem in California is the current crop of teachers and the teacher’s union. Some serious changes will need to be made – and the teacher’s union has got to go.

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago
Reply to  Casey

globalists appoint their libby snow flake sheep teachers and teacher unions to promote globalist agendas .

Sammy
Sammy
1 month ago

America’s Public schools are a failure.
Chinese, Japanese, India and many other foreign countries public schools are killing the U.S. math, science, reading & accurate history as well.

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago

Think of the children but not the same ways demonrat, altar boy raping priests think of altar boys and not the same ways demonrat, chester the molester biden think of libby snow flake sheep daughters .

Jawad
Jawad
1 month ago

Thanks, Mr. Murdock. Fine. Let’s tar and feather Goblin Nuisance. But what about his vindictive Auntie from Hell, Nancy? Hell hath no fury like a Mafiosa scorned. Apologies to The Bard.

sly8ball
sly8ball
1 month ago

most of those kids don’t seem to be impressed, happy that gruesome Newsom is there….

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