Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who stirred controversy with an ad depicting a drowning boy, returned to the teacher-tenure issue to pound Gov. Jerry Brown in a new TV ad that debuted Tuesday.
The 60-second spot signals the former Treasury Department official’s determination to make the recent Vergara v. California court decision central to the governor’s race.
A Los Angeles County judge found that the state’s teacher tenure rules made it nearly impossible for districts to fire incompetent instructors, and therefore deprived poorer children of their equal right under the Constitution to a quality education.
Kashkari has seized on the Brown administration’s appeal of the ruling to criticize the governor for “betraying” schoolchildren.
Brown said in an interview with The Chronicle last week that the court case is merely “the latest” factor being cited by critics as the key to a good education for California’s children, and “it won’t be the last.”