Gov. Gavin Newsom was criticized by parents after saying that he was “living through Zoom school,” despite his own kids returning to classrooms months ago, according to Fox News.
Marcelino Valdez, parent and activist said, “It’s hard for him to relate to parents like myself and the 500-plus members of our group who have kids in public school.
“He’s had his kids in private school.”
“It’s a real lack of understanding and a lack of leadership on his part,” Valdez said.
Newsom has four children who attend a Sacramento private school.
The Sacramento private school brought students back to full-time in-person learning in November.
Most of the state’s public schools aren’t scheduled to reopen until early April
Many schools are planning to limit in-person classes to one or two days per week.
Jonathan Zachreson of Reopen California Schools also took issue with the governor.
“He’s not trying to help kids in the state, he’s trying to pretend schools are open to campaign for his recall,” Zachreson said.
“That’s the incredible frustration parents are feeling.”
Newsom told host Jake Tapper, “I’ve been living through Zoom school and all the challenge related to it.”
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Wednesday was the deadline for recall activists to submit petition signatures in hopes of getting a Newsom recall election on the ballot. The Democrat’s critics needed to collect a total of 1.5 million valid signatures to push the process forward but sought to collect 2 million to ensure the outcome they’re hoping for.
County officials have until April 29 to examine the signatures, validate them and notify the secretary of state.
During his Tuesday appearance on CNN, Newsom told host Jake Tapper he was a “strong advocate” for getting California’s kids back into the classroom.
Newsom’s office did not immediately respond to the Free Beacon story.