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.
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