How Campbell Brown Became a Hate Figure

By Jonathan Chait
NY Magazine – The Intelligencer

“You should read Vanessa Grigoriadis’s fascinating profile of Campbell Brown, the former television journalist turned school reformer (and, incidentally, Jew). Brown is the current major antagonist of the teacher unions, a role previously occupied by Michelle Rhee, and the object of an intense campaign of personal animosity (a position Brown appears to handle better than Rhee did). Part of what makes the story fascinating is that Brown’s opponents, rather than Brown herself, have had the strongest interest in making her character a centerpiece of the struggle over education reform. One thing I took away from Grigoriadis’s portrait is the degree to which the unions have failed to come to grips with the underlying policy rationale that Brown has latched on to.”

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