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Most people know Campbell Brown as a news anchor from her time at NBC and CNN. Today, she uses her knowledge of journalism and media to highlight and advocate for education reform. Her latest project is The Seventy Four, a news website that focuses on important education-related topics. The title of the website references the 74 million students in U.S. K–12 education.
In an interview with The Chicago Jewish News, Brown said, “The public school system in this country is broken. … Every education law should be based around the question, ‘Is this good for children?’ And it’s not.”
Brown’s co-founder Romy Drucker said, “Research shows that the most significant school-based factor in a child’s learning is the quality of his or her teacher … We must make it a priority that every child, regardless of their ZIP code, background or skin color, has a high-quality, effective teacher in the classroom.”
This initiative of news by subject is an interesting phenomenon. While The Seventy Four isn’t the first of its kind in the education space, it quickly raised its profile by hosting a 2016 Presidential Candidate forum in August. A unique feature of The Seventy Four is its attempt to reach the general public instead of focusing exclusively on education professionals.