A bone-headed tweet from Education Department

Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category:

Someone at the U.S. Education Department tweeted out what was considered a funny reminder for students to fill out their federal financial aid forms, known as FAFSA. The tweet had a picture from the movie “Bridesmaids” depicting the drunken character played by Kristen Wiig’s character on a plane with the words, “Help me. I’m poor.”  After the tweet got strong blowback from folks who found it offensive, the Education Department took down the tweet and apologized.

 

Here it is:

Here’s a comment from Education Department spokeswoman Dorie Nolt, given to InsideHigherEd.com:

“We apologize for this insensitive Twitter post, which flies in the face of our mission of opening doors of opportunity for every student. It was an ill-conceived attempt at reaching students through social media. We are reviewing our process for approving social media content to ensure it reflects the high standards we expect at the U.S. Department of Education.”

 

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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