Turnaround’s buddy Katherine Bradley’s infamy catching up with the blog of record

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Good morning Washington!

City Paper is onto us. I mean, really. We had the Katherine Bradley effect two years ago.


And now City Paper has done a follow-up to our work.

Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery!


(Glad to see City Paper catching up with the blog of record.)

Here as a public service we link two additional postings of ours from past years on Katherine and her pals at Turnaround for Children Inc.




‘Atlantic Turnaround?’ Ravitch wonders: Is maggie’s reforming honeymoon over?


Ed-blogging prolific Diane Ravitch is positing that The Atlantic, long on helping the ed-reform movement, may suddenly be exposing a new underbelly.



Diane Ravitch

Decent question.

Ravitch before has touched that rail and we were only-too-happy to help:


But honest, we do have some originality – just remember our glomming post LOL:


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 Wiki, BTW, says Atlantic’s reliance on private funding has raised some hackles.

“The Atlantic Media Company receives substantial financial support from the Gates Foundation through the National Journal ($240,000+) to provide coverage of education-related issues that are of interest to the Gates Foundation and its frequent partner in education policy initiatives, the Lumina Foundation.[37][38] Critics have suggested that this funding may lead to biased coverage and have noted the Lumina Foundation‘s connections to the private student loan company Sallie Mae.[39][40][41] Gates-funding of the National Journal is not always disclosed in articles or editorials about the Gates Foundation or Bill Gates, or in coverage of education white papers by other Lumina or Gates Foundation grantees, such as the New America Foundation.”



Katherine and Pamela sitting in a tree

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Katherine Brittain Bradley

Katherine Bradley  shilling for her buddy Pam Cantor, prez of Turnaround for Children Inc.

  Bradley’s CityBridge Foundation of Washington, D.C., plugs Turnaround for Children Inc as a featured investment on its website.


 “In schools with strong instructional leadership, this resulted in academic gains. Other schools became safer and calmer, but academic improvement was flat or minimal.”

How does Bradly account for declining test scores in Turnaround for Children Inc. schools in New York City and Washington, D.C. ?

She doesn’t.

Not on Pam’s account.

High roller Katherine Bradley got Turnaround for Children Inc. its entree into D.C. schools

Power broker Katherine Bradley, 49, gloms onto her hubby, David Bradley, 60.

How did Turnaround for Children Inc. land in Washington, D.C.?

Well, first things first. Pamela Cantor, president of Turnaround, bought her way into New York City’s public schools by hiring $200,000 worth of well-placed lobbyists.

Then, to get Turnaround into D.C.’s schools, Cantor cozied up to the Bradley couple.

So, to figure out just how Pam got into D.C.’s schools, all we need to do is realize the quality of capital she curries.

Look no further than Pam’s connection to Katherine Bradley, president of CityBridge Foundation, who also happens to be the wife of media mogul David Bradley, chairman and owner of Atlantic Media.

…yet more Bradley-loving-couple gloms.

This would be the same power couple that hosted a dinner party at their D.C. home just before this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Their guests? “Power players from politics and business,” according to Women’s Wear Daily.

And by the way, the glomming couple’s home ain’t your average everyday shack.

Take a look a this palatial mansion, sans gloms:

That $8.7 million, 10-bedroom Georgian mansion at Massachusetts Avenue Heights is ranked as one of the 50-most-expensive homes in D.C., according to Washingtonian magazine.

Washingtonian tells us:

“Built in 1931, the 8,800-square-foot home is the site of an annual kickoff party the night before the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

“Bradley founded the Advisory Board and the Corporate Executive Board, two Washington-based research firms that went public more than a decade ago—and made Bradley serious money. He’s now owner of Atlantic Media Company, which publishes the Atlantic and National Journal. Katherine Bradley is president of the couple’s CityBridge Foundation, which gives grants to DC’s public schools.”

Ah hah! CityBridge rears its ugly dollar-festooned largesse again!

According to the Guidestar website http://www.guidestar.org, CityBridge Foundation donated a total of $1,188,334 to Turnaround for Children in 2009 and 2010.

CityBridge Foundation also contributed $1,066,744 to the DC Education Fund 2008 to 2010.

And bingo! Turnaround finds a new home in District of Columbia public schools in 2010.

The same year, busy philanthropist Bradley also donated $100,000 through non-profit DC Public Education Fund to hire Anita Dunn, managing director of SKDKnickerbocker to assist then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee with communications, as reported by Bill Turque of the Washington Post.

Katherine Bradley is so deeply enmeshed in the D.C. public schools that in 2011, she co-chaired the panel of teachers, parents, students and community leaders that advised Mayor Vincent Gray on the selection of Kaya Henderson as chancellor. (The same Kaya Henderson who fraudulently uses suspension data instead of testing to measure proficiency.)

Would you like to bring your education reform foundation to the nation’s capital – or anywhere else? Newark, N.J. maybe?

We recommend Katherine Bradley, a financially fertile high roller if there ever were one.

And when she’s with her hubby, it’s always all hands on deck…

bradley couple

…and we do mean all hands…

When it comes to Katherine and David Bradley, you gotta hand it to ’em…

But wait – we found even more hands.

Katherine and David Bradley just won’t let each other go.

If you were your partner’s heir, and that heir were drowning in cash, would you keep him/her close?

Judging from their fund-raising history, they give back in financial gloms.