Correction: Math Teacher-Obama story

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — In a story Dec. 21 about President Barack Obama seeking the help of an Idaho Falls teacher, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Obama personally called Skyline High School instructor Julie Nawrocki to help develop new testing strategies. U.S. Department of Education officials and White House officials confirmed that Obama did not make that telephone call.

A corrected version of the story is below.

Federal official: Obama never called Idaho teacher

Federal official: Obama didn't call E. Idaho math teacher; District 91 looking into the matter

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — President Barack Obama didn't place a phone call to an Idaho high school math teacher this month, as she initially thought.

Last week, Skyline High School instructor Julie Nawrocki told the Idaho Falls Post Register that Obama called her on Dec. 19 asking her to participate in a group helping develop new math testing standards and teaching strategies.

But U.S. Department of Education spokesman Daren Briscoe said Friday the White House confirmed the president did not call Nawrocki.

Idaho Falls School District 91, which publicized the call, says it's investigating what happened.

Idaho Department of Education chief of staff Luci Willits confirmed that Nawrocki was nominated for a testing standards group — by a state official, not Obama.

Another Idaho teacher also nominated didn't receive any calls from somebody claiming to be the president.

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