Over the holiday weekend, The Office star Jenna Fischer came under fire for a tweet about the GOP’s largely unpopular tax bill. Fischer took particular umbrage with the provision for teachers to be able to deduct classroom supplies. “I can’t stop thinking about how school teachers can no longer deduct the cost of their classroom supplies on their taxes,” she wrote on Saturday. “Something they shouldn’t have to pay for with their own money in the first place. I mean, imagine if nurses had to go buy their own syringes.”
Unfortunately, Fischer’s tweet was not entirely accurate, as a $250 deduction for school supplies was one of the few things untouched in the bill. Her tweet quickly went viral, with over 65,000 retweets and 220,000 likes at the time of this writing, which led to many people — journalists and Trumpers, in particular — piling on her to inform her of her error.
Fischer eventually posted an update to clarify her first tweet, noting that while she acknowledges that she had some “facts wrong,” $250 does not even come close to what many teachers are forced to spend out of pocket on their students, according to a survey conducted by Scholastic in 2016 — particularly in schools with a high poverty rate.
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