by Georgia Charter Schools Association
A new blog and news site from education activist and former TV news anchor Campbell Brown is making waves in education reform circles. It’s called The Seventy Four, referring to the 74 million school age children in America who Brown believes are being shortchanged by our public school system.
Advance PR for the blog states:
“The Seventy Four is a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America. Our public education system is in crisis. In the United States, less than half of our students can read or do math at grade-level, yet the education debate is dominated by misinformation and political spin. Our mission is to lead an honest, fact-based conversation about how to give America’s 74 million children under the age of 18 the education they deserve.”
Brown is something of an education lightning rod, largely because of her staunch opposition to education employee unions. The announcement of her website and blog generated intense speculation about its funders, and Inside Philanthropy has done a story on the funders and contributors.
The Seventy Four‘s team boasts some serious journalistic chops. The site’s editorial director is Steven Snyder, a former assistant managing editor at Time magazine. Contributors include Cynthia Tucker, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; researcher Conor Williams of the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative; and Michelle Bernard, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy.
We’ll be watching for the mid-July launch of The Seventy Four with interest.
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