News Newsom stakes his political future on beating the pandemic by June

by Brandon Scott

It’s the teachers.

Newsom is betting that his election in the fall will be a referendum on teachers and their unions. He has made their job performance and pay the centerpiece of his campaign, so much so that he has taken to calling himself “the teacher governor.”

The governor is right to see teachers as a target, but his strategy doesn’t take into account what voters think about teachers in general. In fact, Newsom has been a thorn in the side of educators for years. He has fought schools reforms and taken a hard line against teacher tenure reform.

In 2011, Newsom vetoed legislation that would have made it easier for school districts to fire ineffective teachers. The bill was supported by educators and backed by many Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Scott McCoy of Aurora, who is likely to challenge Newsom this fall. McCoy said at the time that he would run as an independent if he didn’t win re-election as a Republican senator this year. His decision not to run for reelection as a Republican may have been motivated by his desire not to face off against Newsom again in 2014 for governor — or 2016 for Senate president if Republicans regain control of the Legislature next year.

Newsom also did what no other governor had done: He vetoed legislation that would have made it easier for school districts to fire ineffective teachers without going through arbitration — something most other states require before firing them — a move critics said was aimed at undermining teacher unions like the one representing Aurora-based District 211 employees. The bill was supported by many Republicans and even some Democrats who are likely to face off against Newsom this year in legislative races or on Election Day itself should they choose not to run again themselves or seek another office such as Congress or the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Udall of Colorado Springs or Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper of Denver who will succeed him when he leaves office at the end of this month after serving two terms as Colorado’s chief executive officer). It was also backed by union leaders such as Colorado Education Association President Ken Wittman, whose union represents about 35 percent of all public school employees statewide including those employed by District 211 administrators who are not represented by unions and members who work in local governments where collective bargaining agreements do not apply because they are part of government agencies rather than school districts like District 211 which are covered under state law governing public education contracts between unions and employers such as schools which are overseen by state boards such as District 211 board president Barbara Madsen whose husband George Madsen is an Aurora city councilman whose wife Mary Madsen is an Arapahoe County Commissioner whose son Andrew Madsen works at District 211 where Mary Madsen serves on its board! Wittman told me last week that he “never had any doubt about my support for (the bill) because it would make it easier for schools to get rid of bad teachers without having them go through arbitration but I never lobbied on behalf of it either!” Wittman said! “I don’t know why people think I did! I never met with anyone from Gov.-elect Hickenlooper’s transition team either! And I never met with anyone from Gov.-elect Hickenlooper either! And I never met with anyone from Gov.-elect Hickenlooper either! And I never met with anyone from Gov.-elect Hickenlooper either! And I never met with anyone from Gov.-elect Hickenlooper either! And I never met with anyone from Gov.-elect Hickenlooper either! But someone told me they saw me talking with someone else when they weren’t there so now everyone thinks George Madsen helped push through (the bill) but all our conversations were over coffee cups after meetings where we talked about issues facing our district employees including how we could best serve those employees because we care about them too much! That’s why I don’t understand why people accuse me of being involved with this stuff even though nothing ever came out saying George helped push anything forward except accusations which people make up out their asses without evidence because they want things their way instead of following evidence which shows otherwise? But anyway…I just wanted everybody to know that George didn’t help push anything forward because nothing ever came out saying otherwise except accusations which people make up out their asses without evidence because they want things their way instead of following evidence which shows otherwise? But anyway…I just wanted everybody to know that George didn’t help push anything forward because nothing ever came out saying otherwise except accusations which people make up out their asses without evidence because they want things their way instead of following evidence which shows otherwise? But anyway…I just wanted everybody to know that George didn’t help push anything forward because nothing ever came out saying otherwise except accusations which people make up out their asses without evidence because they want things

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