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Mark Dayton frequently touts his tenure as a New York City public school teacher on the campaign trail. But a conservative blog, The Activist Next Door, suggested in a post on Tuesday that the former U.S. Senator's teaching tenure might be apocryphal.

Paper Trail: Dayton releases teaching certificate from NYC public schools

Mark Dayton frequently touts his tenure as a New York City public school teacher on the campaign trail. But a conservative blog, The Activist Next Door, suggested in a post on Tuesday that the former U.S. Senator’s teaching tenure might be apocryphal.

Sheila Kihne wrote the New York City Department of Education seeking some proof of Dayton’s employment by the school system during the late Sixties. In response she received a letter from the education department stating that “no records” could be found for an employee of that name.

“This is very interesting,” Kihne concluded. The story garnered considerable attention in the conservative Twitterverse.

But apparently Kihne didn’t check with the Dayton campaign to see if it could provide any verification of his work with the New York City public schools. The Dayton campaign has now released a copy of his teaching certificate from 1969. It lists him as a “teacher of general science.”

Here’s the document: [click to enlarge .pdf]

Update: The Mark Dayton campaign has provided PIM with the 1970 commencement program from Charles Sumner Junior High, listing Mark Dayton among the teachers and advisers of the graduating class.

Click to view the full document [.pdf]

16 comments

  1. You’ve misquoted my blog- I said on my blog:

    “This is very interesting”
    not
    “This is very disturbing”

    There is a major difference in tone- please correct your error as a journlist
    http://www.theactivistnextdoor.com/component/content/article/1-blog/242-nyc-schools-says-qno-recordsq-for-mark-dayton.html

    You prove me right- you’ll do nothing to dig into this story. Don’t worry- I’ll keep at it for you.
    If the NYC Dept of Ed/NYC Schools has no record of him working there- it is up to Mr Dayton to contact them and fix the records with the NYC Dept of Ed/NYC Schools

  2. I did indeed misquote the original blog post. Sorry about that. I’ve fixed the post.

  3. So now Politics In Minnesota removes comments with which they do not agree? I simply pointed out that Dayton has not yet provided any info which semesters he taught, which courses he taught, nor at which branch he taught.

  4. Sheila, perhaps you are not aware of this, but many school districts do not have digital records that go back to the late 60s and so they are unable to easily pull back the records. I am aware of one situation where a teacher requested records of her employment in Chicago going back 30 years and it took them 12 weeks to retrieve the microfiched records and then several additional weeks to make copies and get the information out. Perhaps the Board of Ed didn’t believe your query deserved such a rigorous search? Or perhaps you could have done your due diligence as a responsible journalist and asked the Dayton campaign for evidence? Either option would have been better than your attempt to jump to conclusions and smear Mark Dayton.

    You were not proven right here – if anything, you were proven to be a poor journalist.

  5. I’m not a journalist- I call myself a “journalist” as a tongue-and-cheek poke at the real ‘journalists” who should simply do their job. Mark Dayton has never been vetted properly as a candidate for public office in Minnesota- never.

    I’m a Republican activist and blogger. Says so right on my website homepage http://www.theactivistnextdoor.com

    I’ve researched public data for 3+ years and I’ve researched geneaology for myself and others on and off for 10 years. It’s very, very odd that they have no record for Senator Dayton- I myself was very surprised when I got the letter back from the attorney at the schools.

    If the NYC Schools has no record, then it’s up to Mr. Dayton to fix that….don’t you think? He should do what your friend had to do to get her records.

    If I applied for a job, and the company wasn’t able to verify my employment, it would be a problem. That’s a simple fact.

    The Mark Dayton Campaign was supposed to return a call I made three weeks ago about another issue- they never did. They were not going to return my call on this either- but maybe they’ll return the media’s calls- I bet they would.

  6. All this certificate shows is that we was certified as a teacher. It doesn’t prove or disprove that he actually worked as a teacher.

  7. How about if Dayon’s boss vouches for him?
    http://bit.ly/cdyls5

  8. I’m not looking for high school yearbooks, commencement programs or teaching certificates…
    I was simply looking to confirm with the employer his dates of employment…we’ve now learned that Mr Dayton never worked for the NYC Public schools- (and has never claimed to) he worked for an organization called Teachers Inc.

    We have the founder of Teachers Inc. who says he worked for Teachers Inc for 2 years- Teachers Inc was a very loose and politcally-progressive organization whose New York operations started in the Spring of 1968 and terminated (?) we don’t know??

    What was Mark Dayton’s position with Teacher’s Inc? Was it paid? Stipend? Or Volunteer? Was he a teacher? Or- as he said himself- a student teacher? What academic years did he work with Teachers inc?

    I have no doubt that Mr Dayton spent time in the classroom- my blog post is about verifying employment history.

    I had no idea it would be this difficult to get simple dates- (including months as is customary with very short term employment) job title and position.

    The Dayton campaign doesn’t need to dig through scrapbooks, they need to simply confirm the details of his employment with Teachers Inc.

  9. I agree with Sheila when she says she isn’t a journalist. A journalist would research a story themselves. A partisan hack makes allegations and then demands that the target clear their own name. Mark Dayton is kinda busy right now running for governor. He doesn’t have the time nor the reason to do disprove a weak partisan allegation such as this.

  10. Dayton never claimed to have worked for the NYC public school system? That’s a serious question.

  11. The commencement program is from the future! The file properties show it was created at 3:10PM on 9/2/2010. That’s two hours from now.

  12. “I agree with Sheila when she says she isn’t a journalist. A journalist would research a story themselves. A partisan hack makes allegations and then demands that the target clear their own name.”

    Patent rubbish. “Journalists” bring up all sorts of unanswered questions – and that’s just the ones that practice the trade ethically.

    (The unethical ones – like Pat Doyle and Paul McEnroe – go at it the opposite way; leading with the desired conclusion, and hiding all evidence that might divert the reader from the same ending. See also Doyle’s hit piece on Emmer’s civil court records, McEnroe and Rochelle Olson’s slime-job on Alan Fine), Lori Sturdevant’s epic hack job on Dan Cohen who, by the way, was presented with a conclusion and was forced to…everyone? Clear his own name. Just saying – Sheila Kihne is a better journalist than all too many of the agenda-driven hamsters that work in this town).

    . And it’s the nature of the flavor of reporting practiced on blogs to throw out the question, and have The Cloud add to the story. That’s how Dan Rather got deposed.

    It is interesting, though, that a lot of the people who’ve been silent as the Strib, the PiPress and MPR played along with the serial lies and hatchetry of Alliance for a Better Minnesota are suddenly concerned about good journalism. Bully!

  13. Oh, good Lord. Why on earth should Mark have to prove where he worked 40 yrs ago? To satisfy some mystical “need” of the GOP?! Seriously, people. Get a life. It’s obvious you need it.

  14. I think Dayton’s a Muslim. I haven’t heard him deny it and I think I read it on the internet somewhere. In fact, I think the liberal media is merely choosing to not report it.

  15. In case some of you didn’t figure it out, my prior statement was sarcasm…

  16. That is so funny because I remember Mr. Dayton being my homeroom teacher when I was in Charles Sumner JHS 65.

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