The hidden factor in the California recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) may simply be that schools opened on time in the midst of a new coronavirus surge that matched some of the troubling infection levels of last winter’s surge.
Rumors have been flying among parents that schools will be closed once again. But for now, teachers’ unions have allowed the schools to open on time — which has probably buoyed Newsom’s campaign against the recall, taking place Sep. 14.
The recall election is partly responsible for the schools being open in the first place.
In March, with Newsom’s opponents about to turn in over two million signatures — more than the roughly 1.5 million required — and Newsom’s advisers saying they were worried about a possible celebrity opponent, Newsom and state Democratic leaders announced a deal to reopen schools across the state. They overrode the opposition