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Politifact: Few Teachers Will Lose Their Jobs Because of Sequestration

Politifact takes a look at Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s statement last week that, because of sequestration, “There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall.”

Duncan told reporters Monday that he misspoke, the Washington Post reports. “Pink slips” was “probably the wrong word,” he said.

But the lone example of actual pink slips is the West Virginia district. And officials there provide a contradictory explanation for why 104 teachers are being notified their jobs might be transferred, and eventually eliminated.

The other districts held up by education officials haven’t fired a single teacher because of sequestration. Ritsch, Duncan’s spokesman, said that distinction hardly matters: “Whether they’ve got a pink slip in hand or one is coming in two weeks, the basic point is the same — their jobs are at risk.”

Maybe so. But that’s not what Duncan said, which is that teachers right now are being shown the door. We rate his statement Mostly False.

Read more at: www.politifact.com

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