Correction to statements in Dr. Duke Pesta’s speech

Editor’s note: In the article “Academic Dr. Duke Pesta speaks against Common Core, part 1,” by Susan Johnson, in our Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue, we received some corrections to false statements made by Dr. Pesta. These were submitted by one of two sources he referred to, Robert Eitel and Kent Talbert. Talbert told us, specifically, the false statements are in the paragraph that begins, “How about the two chief lawyers in the administration? …” Talbert responds to those false statements as follows:

1. “Both [Robert Eitel and Kent Talbert] are lifelong Democrats.” False. Both Mr. Eitel and Mr. Talbert served in the Republican administration of President George W. Bush at the U.S. Department of Education. I served as General Counsel of the Department from 2006-2009. Mr. Eitel served as Deputy General Counsel of the Department during the same period. Neither of us are Democrats.

2. “Both … quit over the Common Core.” False. Mr. Eitel and Mr. Talbert departed the Department in January 2009 coinciding with the end of the term of President Bush.

3. The article suggests the white paper (published in Feb. 2012) is titled “The Coming Federal Takeover of Education.” False. The title of the white paper published by the Pioneer Institute was “The Road to a National Curriculum: The Legal Aspects of the Common Core Standards, Race to the Top, and Conditional Waivers.” (Copy was attached.)

4. To the extent the balance of the paragraph that begins with “In imposing the Common Core…” implies attribution to Mr. Eitel or Mr. Talbert, it is inaccurate. That sentence and the remaining ones that continue through the end of that paragraph are not Mr. Talbert’s or Mr. Eitel’s statements.”

The Rock River Times regrets any misunderstanding that may have occurred and has notified Freedom Project Education of the inaccuracies reported to us. Dave Drake, director of Development & Outreach, has told us they will correct their records according to the new information.

From the Oct. 22-28, 2014, issue

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