The Obama government is claiming that the sequester will force some teachers to lose their jobs. But that turns out not to be true.
The descriptions of the post-sequester landscape that have been coming out of the Obama Administration have been alarming, specific–and, in at least some cases, hyped.
“There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
I wonder who wrote his talking points. We’ll never find out.
When he was pressed in a White House briefing Wednesday to come up with an example, Duncan named a single county in West Virginia and acknowledged, “whether it’s all sequester-related, I don’t know.”
And, as it turns out, it isn’t.
Officials in Kanawha County, West Virginia say that the “transfer notices” sent to at least 104 educators had more to do with a separate matter that involves a change in the way West Virginia allocates federal dollars designated for poor children.
Read the rest. It turns out that actually, five or six jobs will be lost, and none of those are related to the sequester.
So, Arne Duncan should now do the Obama thing and blame someone else.