During a Feb. 24 appearance on Face the Nation, Education Secretary Arne Duncan 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, however, was not backed up by evidence.
Duncan then said in a White House press briefing, "Yes, there’s a district where it’s happened. But, again, it’s just because they have an earlier union notification than most, so Kanawha County, West Virginia. In that district, to be clear, it’s Title I teachers and Head Start teachers, so it’s these funding sources that are being cut.
But he added this: "Whether it’s all sequester-related, I don’t know, but these are teachers who are getting pink slips now.”
Kanawha schools superintendent Ron Duerring then sent a tweet suggesting Duncan was right, but the Washington Post spoke to him, and he confirmed that no teachers got pink slips.
We do not know what the cuts are,” he told the Post. “Then we will make that determination.”