CA Gov. Dismisses Nunes’ Claim It Was ‘Overkill’ to Cancel School for the Rest of the Year

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is defending his latest decision to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Newsom recently received criticism from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) for his move to close schools in California for the rest of the year, as IJR previously reported.

“That’s not going to work. I mean, look, the schools were just canceled out here in California, which is, you know, way overkill,” Nunes said.

Newsom responded to the backlash.

“Well, I don’t want to give him much air. I have not sourced him for advice on pretty much any issue,” Newsom said. “I say that as respectfully as I can, but particularly on public health issues.”

Watch his comments below:

California was the first state to issue a stay-at-home order, as IJR previously reported.

Newsom explained that Nunes’ advice does not always align with what the experts are saying.

“He’s made some statements in the past that were not consistent with the advice and counsel that I’ve gotten from the experts,” Newsom said. “We’ll continue to listen to the experts and try to avoid some elected officials that frankly may not have the benefit of some of the insight that many of us do.”

He reiterated it is necessary to keep the schools closed and they will remain closed through the summer. Students will learn using distance learning.

Newsom also recognized how families are stepping in to help their kids through this time.

“Classroom work will be done…with the extraordinary heroism of mothers and working parents and caregivers that have to substitute for those teachers,” Newsom said.

He closed the exchange by recognizing the responsibility teachers have and how they are sacrificing their own time away from the classroom to take care of their own children.

The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the United States as the reported number of cases has reached at least 261,438 as of Friday afternoon.


  1. Closing schools is being done everywhere. With students learning at home, the logical choice is to cancel school for the year and test at home for graduation or proceeding to the next class. The system is already set up, parents just need to use it. As far as parents working, has no one seen the unemployment rate lately. Parents are at home. For those that have critical jobs, they need to make arrangements with relatives or neighbors. It’s time for Americans to pull together and stop complaining.

  2. “He closed the exchange by recognizing the responsibility teachers have and how they are sacrificing their own time away from the classroom to take care of their own children. ”

    So what exactly do they do with their children when they are working or come home from work? Teaching is not 24/7, unlike responsible parenting. Is this too much “quality time” with their children for them to handle?

    I have a friend who is home from teaching. His wife works remotely during the day. Their pre-school is closed, so he’s the daddy and teacher to a 1- and 3-year old. It makes him crazy, but he’s found “ways” like teaching them to turn soil in his garden boxes and planting. He’s installed a bird feeder and teaches them about the different birds that stop by. He shoots the squirrels to teach them that some things are freeloaders and nuisances. (and possibly carry rabies or the plague).

    I’ve mentioned to him that in some places squirrels are considered good eating. Shades of corona virus!

  3. Why is the CA govenor getting flack? A couple different states and penty of individual counties across the US have already done this.

    1. Actually living in NorCal, I have a ton of problems with Newsome, namely EVERY policy has champions. With his honesty about what Trump has done to help California, I have hope this tool will actually pull his head out of his ass and be the leader California needs in this crisis.

      1. I was speaking specfically in terms of the article topic and his decision to close school buildings.

          1. Ok… i didn’t see any reference to his decision to school being virtual nor did i see you mention what you’d prefer he do.

    2. True. Nunes should come up with alternatives, like setting up equipment loans or distance-learning centers for those who lack. Shutting down the schools (at least temporarily) is necessary at this time, but education should not suffer.

      Maybe the session will have to run through the summer.

  4. Let’s start by distinguishing between homeschooling and distance learning.

    Those choosing homeschool have the means and will to do so. Those forced to distance-learn maybe neither the commitment nor means.

    Gov. Noisome fails to say what he will do to help the latter distancers. Not that they will (in real world terms) achieve much, but they deserve equal opportunity for their tax dollars (yeah, that’s a big assumption).

  5. Nunes is such a tool.Where does he think he has any credibility? Dr Don the scientist and weatherman? Or maybe the twit Jerod?

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