Turlock, CA: Dr. Ted Howze, Republican candidate for CA-10, issued a statement today opposing Governor Newsom’s one-size-fits-all ban on in-person instruction for the upcoming school year.
“Governor Newsom likes to say that he depends on experts and science for his decisions, but that is clearly not the case when it pertains to meeting the academic, emotional, and mental health needs of students, especially those in Individualized Education Programs or requiring other special needs,” wrote Dr. Howze.
“Gavin Newsom has disregarded the expert recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and educators across the state to the detriment of millions of California students. The Governor is also taking control away from parents and local teachers with this distance learning directive. Distance learning failed in the Spring, and teachers have not been equipped with the tools to make it successful in the Fall. Further, it binds the hands of parents, especially single parents, and puts low-income families in an impossible situation.”
Background: Dr. Ted Howze was raised on Central Valley farms and worked his way through school as a Firefighter and EMT. He’s a married father of three who has spent the last twenty-six years working with Valley dairies and ranches as a large animal veterinarian. Ted has served our communities as both a high school football coach and City Councilmember, and more recently as founder of Operation Compassion, which has distributed meals and supplies to hundreds of disabled veterans and home-bound seniors during the COVID-19 crisis. He’s not a career politician or lobbyist, but a conservative who always tells it like it is.