Education Secretary Called Out for Misleading Pink Slips Claim

Friday, March 1, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is getting called out for claiming -- erroneously -- that teachers are "getting pink slips" as the sequester looms. 

Duncan made the claim on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. Discussing the looming spending cuts that begin to kick in Friday, he said: "There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can't come back this fall." 

The claim raised eyebrows, and Duncan was pressed at Wednesday's White House press briefing to explain. That's when holes in the story started to appear. Duncan said "most haven't happened yet," but he knew of one district in West Virginia that had "issued notices."

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