Campbell Brown’s newest nanny state

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She flamed out at network news.

She’s flamed out at cable news.

So what’s a washed-up ex-this, ex-that, to do?

Campbell Brown is now going to tell you how you should think.

Armed with gobs of money from people who like to throw it around, allowing them to feel important and, well, be  your nanny, Brown is now in line with a bunch of them to teach you how to read the news.

Can’t make it up.

They have $14 million to – that’s right, you read it right – tell you how to interpret the news.

What’s a girl to do?


Ex-CNN choker Campbell tries Turnaround – on MSNBC

OMG – look who showed up on the boob tube among the chattering class.

Campbell “Get-Rid-Of-All-Teachers” Brown.

You remember her – the failed cable gal?

The one who then started her own lobbying gig to fight public education?

Hey, it’s all good. (Use search box on this blog to see our previous honoraria for Campbell.)

So, Brown apparently put her name in to MSNBC “just in case you need an old (failed) hand in a pinch.”


Brown appeared on the cable network – that would be the one with some of the worst news ratings known to humankind – interviewing the wife of Bernie Sanders.

Wonder whether Brown ‘felt the burn.’


Enjoy Campbell:

Failed CNN anchor and Pamela-Cantor-bosom-pal Brown: see if you can Turn(THIS)around! ‘Sorry, class, I’m late – again LOL.’

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Campbell Brown turns a cold shoulder LOL

Hey Campbell Brown – see if you can do a little work on the unions that are protecting pure incompetence.

Like, how can a teacher be late 111 times and still be, uh teaching?

NEW BRUNSWICK — An arbitrator used scathing language to describe the conduct of a public school teacher who has been late to work several dozen times in the last two years but also rejected the district’s attempt to fire him, according to a ruling in a tenure hearing reached earlier this month.

Arnold Anderson, a teacher at Roosevelt School, was late 46 times in the most recent school year through March 20, and another 65 times in the previous school year, according to the text of the arbitrator’s decision, which was filed Aug. 19.

The state-appointed arbitrator, David Gregory, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law in New York, was dismissive of Anderson’s claim that the quality of his teaching outweighs his frequent tardiness.

“At most, [Anderson] uses micro-quibbles of a few unpersuasive explanations, with a macro-default position that even when he is late he nevertheless delivers a superb educational experience to his grateful students,” Gregory wrote.

Gregory was likewise skeptical of Anderson’s claim that his lateness does not merit disciplinary action, adding that Anderson offers “no credible explanations for his tardiness record.”

But Gregory, citing his nearly 15 years of service, also found that summary discharge was not appropriate for Anderson, who is entitled to due process and progressive discipline prior to termination. Anderson has been denied raises as a  result of his lateness, Gregory noted, but was never given at least 90 days’ notice to correct his behavior.

Ravitch rhymes with … failed CNN anchor Campbell Brown, the Turnaround mistress who is 1/2 right 1/2 the time

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The prolific ed-blogger and author Diane Ravitch has some tough talk for failed CNN anchor Campbell Brown as the latter embarks on her new “project,” a so-called online, education-reform news platform.

“As you begin your new advocacy, there are a few things you need to know,” Ravitch lectures Brown in a blog post by the former.


For example, “I realize that you are very concerned about the fact that 50% of our students are ‘below grade level.’ I want to make sure you understand that ‘grade level’ means ‘the median,'” Ravitch tells Brown. ‘It is the midpoint, and it doesn’t have a set meaning. There will always be 50% above grade level, and 50% below grade level. That is the definition of ‘grade level.’”

Ouch again!

Brown launched her new venture amid great fanfare, without the fan.

Failed CNN anchor and Turnaround sleeparound kicks off new way to a payroll: start a ‘nonprofit.’ Sound familiar?

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Campbell Brown

It was only a matter of time before low-ratings, CNN-failed-anchor Campbell Brown – who slumbers on the board of Turnaround for Children – came up with a new way to rake in cash – start a “nonprofit.”

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Brown is calling her new slush fund “The Seventy Four.”

It’ll be a “nonprofit, nonpartisan online newsroom aimed at driving a much-needed conversation about reforming America’s education system,” according to PRNewswire.

The site will “pursue stories about the education of our 74 million children in honest, fearless, and relentless terms in an effort to turn the tide and reinstate the U.S. as the global education leader,” PRN reported.

“The future of our country is predicated on a strong education system that serves all 74 million of America’s children. Unfortunately, for far too long, special interests have prioritized their own needs over the well-being of our students and have not been held accountable,” Brown told PRNewswire. “We are long overdue for an honest conversation about what works and what doesn’t work. That’s why we started The Seventy Four, a newsroom with an unapologetic point of view that will serve as a platform for those without a voice.”



Brown must be getting advice from her bosom buddy, Pam Cantor, who heads the highly unsuccessful nonprofit Turnaround for Children Inc.

You’ve seen Turnaround’s results. Wait. we mean lack of results. LOL.

Here’s just an example of how Turnaround has the touch.

Turnaround for Children Inc., Campbell Brown: kissin’ cousins?


By Ted Cohen

The top school official in a major American city as part of an education-reform initiative is bringing in yet another nonprofit foundation, yet as little is known about Turnaround for Children Inc. as is known about how it fits into Supt. Cami Anderson’s plan to modernize Newark, New Jersey’s schools.

Anderson refuses to respond to open requests for information, and Turnaround officials  – where the secretive ex-newsie Campbell Brown sleeps on the board ( – are equally evasive.

Brown’s lackings also caught the sharp eye of Karoli Kuns. (

Attempts to contact New Jersey Education Commissioner Chris Cerf have been met with similar silence.

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Chris Cerf

As a longtime newspaper reporter, I find transparency hard to come by. Nonprofits should make transparency their middle name.

In fact, is helping promote transparency, announcing recently its intent to “encourage nonprofit transparency on a national scale.”

A bit of history: Anderson arrived in New Jersey’s largest school district  in 2011. She brought with her an education-reform movement. The city’s public schools are among the lowest-performing in the state, even after the state government took over their management in 1995.

Although the school district continues to struggle with low high school-graduation rates and low standardized-test scores, the mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, insists, “Newark, New Jersey can become one of the first American cities to solve the crisis in public education.”This vision for better school district is also shared by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who made a $100 million donation to Newark Public Schools in 2010.

HuffPost’s Joy Resmovits called Newark  “a national test case for the fixing of troubled urban schools and the use of major philanthropic dollars in an educational system.”

Joy Resmovits

Now, Turnaround For Children is interviewing schools in Newark for September. What is Turnaround and what is its proposed role in Newark? The best source for information would be Turnaround, right?


Turnaround has refused to provide information about its failed foray into Orange schools and whether that experience foretells problems in Newark. That’s not the way to run a nonprofit. Obfuscation begets journalistic cynicism – and scrutiny.

Turnaround’s entry into the reform movement began with Orange, N.J., as well as New York City and Washington, D.C. But as soon as the Orange effort began, it failed, according to Turnaround’s nonprofit filing with the Internal Revenue Service.

Tax documents filed with the IRS by Turnaround – accessible through – disclose the program’s unexpected suspension. The documents, a public record, also reveal that Turnaround was forced to return the remaining part of the grant that funded the program.

“Management decided to terminate its three-school program earlier than planned,” Turnaround officials told the IRS. In their IRS filing, Turnaround officials blamed the short-lived program’s demise on what they vaguely described as a “shift in organizational priorities.”

But officials failed to disclose what they meant by the change or who instigated it.

Turnaround officials say they suspended their request for the remaining funding they were to receive for the Orange project, but they made no mention of the amount of funding they had already received and the amount they were still due.

Turnaround officials issued a prepared statement defending their Orange pullout. “Our hope was to expand the partnership, to deliver a significant amount of professional development to teachers and to increase our engagement district-wide,” said Kate Felsen, vice president of communications. “Unfortunately, Orange Public Schools did not have the capacity to take on the professional development we had to offer during the 2011-12 year. For this reason, we ended our partnership amicably.”

Kate Felsen

Though Turnaround proudly announced the Orange project in its September 2010 newsletter, there is no evidence on the organization’s web site that Turnaround officials ever notified the public of the program’s suspension.

If Orange school officials are to blame for Turnaround’s failure in their schools, then they are apparently taking the accusations in stride. Orange Supt. Ronald Lee refused to respond to questions. He submitted a statement finally after receiving a formal open-records request.

Ronald Lee

He said, “Turnaround proposed to expand its program to a transformational model that encompassed academic, foundational and behavioral elements in the 2011-2012 school year. At the same time, the district was continuing or launching a number of significant initiatives to improve instruction and student outcomes. We mutually concluded that the district’s initiatives would require and deserved the full focus of the district staff, principals and teachers. Therefore, we discontinued the program in Orange at that time to allow these innovations to take hold.”

Felsen, too, will not go beyond her prepared statement. When asked who funded the Orange effort and who will be funding the Newark plan, Felsen replied, “You have my statement.”

More to the point, attempts by journalists to procure information from this so-called “transparent” group – as described by – have been met with silence, stalling and arrogance.

To garner and cultivate pubic support, i.e., more dollars, nonprofits need to be open, accessible. Not hiding. What language do they understand – “lawsuit?”

Ted Cohen of Maine is a veteran newspaper and radio reporter who follows trending national issues. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @TedCohen1.