Last week, the California Teachers Association (CTA) launched an ad against California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).

The ad blasts the governor and warns against bigger class sizes and thousands of teachers layoffs.

“California classrooms face a monumental crisis, tens of billions of dollars in cuts to public education over the next three years, bigger class sizes, thousands of teachers aid off, essential resources like counselors, nurses and special education aides gone,” the narrator said in the ad. “We agree that we can’t go back to where we were. Tell lawmakers and Gov. Newsom to pass a state budget that protects public schools for our students and communities.”

The latest development could prove disastrous and end Newsom’s rumored  2024 presidential run.

The ad comes after the governor proposed slashing funding for public schools by $12 billion over the next few years to help close a massive state budget deficit.

A few days ago, the CTA announced a public campaign to stop part of the governor’s plan to balance the budget because it would wreak havoc on funding for their schools. The union has previously threatened to take Newsom to court over the budget cuts.

Meanwhile, California Policy Center Vice President Lance Christensen accused the union of disinformation campaigns rather than serious budget discussions.

“Putting Gov. Gavin Newsom on full-blast because he was trying to fix a budget he broke modestly is tantamount to a temper tantrum,” Christensen said.

The union, representing 310,000 educators across the state, has strongly supported Newsom by donating $1.8 million to the governor’s anti-recall campaign in 2022.

However, Newsom had previously come to an agreement with the union and promised to roll back the school budget cuts. The new agreement between the governor and the union promises more funding by incorporating Proposition 98 better.

Therefore, schools will receive an additional $5.5 billion. However, the union president, David Goldberg, says they are waiting for it to pass the state legislature.

“As always, we will closely monitor any attempt to weaken the constitutional protections behind the Proposition 98 funding guarantee,” Goldberg said. “We will continue to work with the Governor and the legislature to safeguard constitutionally protected school funding for the 2024-25 budget year and beyond.”