A New York Times columnist has falsely blamed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for dishonesty and a teacher layoff that happened before he was in office, The Weekly Standard reported.
In a column last week in the Times,
Gail Collins accused Walker of falsely claiming that a young woman named Megan Sampson was "outstanding teacher of the year" when she was technically named "outstanding first-year teacher."
She goes on to blame Sampson's 2010 layoff on Walker even though Walker did not become governor until 2011.
"There are two problems in this section of Collins' column: first, she accuses Walker of dishonesty, but she's just quibbling over semantics," the Standard said.
"But the big error in Collins' piece is her claim that 'those layoffs happened because Walker cut state aid to education.'…Collins is talking about teacher layoffs that occurred in 2010. Walker did not become governor until 2011."
The Standard contends that Walker's reforms saved teachers' jobs, noting that right before Walker's 2012 recall election, his Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, couldn't name a single school that had been hurt by Walker's policies.
Meanwhile, Walker's 2014 Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, relayed an anecdote she heard about a school suffering under Walker's policies but was later called out by the superintendent of the school as misrepresenting the truth.
"That's a good reminder for Gail Collins [and the rest of us]: Always check your facts," the Standard concluded.
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