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Campbell Brown Has Blocked Me on Twitter

May 22, 2016

Yep. I haven’t been on Twitter for two months yet, and I have been officially blocked by none other than Campbell Brown.

By blocking me, Brown is trying to prevent me from even viewing her Twitter page. However, in such a situation, all one must do is sign out of one’s own Twitter account to view any page from which one is blocked.

So, that’s what I did in order to access her page to write this post.

Brown recently stopped posting on Twitter.  On May 20, 2016, she stated why:

Brown’s exit immediately follows a situation that she brought upon herself with the statement that “two out of three eighth graders in this country cannot read or do math at grade level,” which happens to be Brown’s grossly misinterpreting the meaning of NAEP proficiency. Here is that story in Slate as Brown posted it:

I did respond to her insistence that she was right. Apparently, here are the tweets that I wrote and that offended her:

Here is one:

And another:

And a third:

And my fourth and final:  The tweet below was in response to one posted by Brown in which she commented about those supporting traditional public ed as protecting sexual predators. The piece I linked exposes her hypocrisy (she deleted the original tweet after I posted my response. Update: original tweet provided by Gary Rubinstein):

Now, the crux of the matter is that Brown went public on May 16, 2016, with her inaccurate and grossly misleading statement about two-thirds of public school students not reading or doing math on grade level. Here is the heart of what Brown considers the “disgusting” tweeting that ensued as a result of an error that Brown openly refused to correct:

So there we have it: Brown’s sensitivity at being called out for misrepresenting NAEP proficiency and her refusal to correct her error.

In her arrogance and contempt for public schools, she wanted so badly for NAEP proficient to mean “at grade level.”

But it doesn’t.

For Brown to publicly correct her error, she must inadvertently admit that the American public school system isn’t faring as badly as she had hoped originally stated.


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Coming June 24, 2016, from TC Press:

School Choice: The End of Public Education? 

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Stay tuned.



Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?.

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  1. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    I do not tweet, but I am glad you decided to give it a try, and have found the workaround after being blocked,,,and also of course, the facts of the matter on your side. Campbell Brown is a version of Eva the blowhard who is now hiring a PR firm to shore up her image.

  2. Harlan Underhill permalink

    What, then does NAEP “proficient” mean? I would expect it to be sort of like a C at one’s grade level.

    • Christine Langhoff permalink

      Harlan – According to Diane Ravitch, who was a member of NAEP’s governing board for, I believe, seven years, it is equivalent to A work.

  3. Christine Langhoff permalink

    Mercedes, I am so happy you changed your mind about Twitter. We need you out there!

    You’re hitting nothing but homers with bases loaded!

  4. Write it all up in your book! Ha.

  5. And the fallback perv-protection position, with the “I call BS”…been seeing it thrown around a lot. Was that another bullet in a strategic communications memo? Kinda lame and evasive. Will CB put her telegenevangelism into combatting lead infested crime ridden nutrition deserts and glaring inequity of resources in the poorest communities driven by the wealth and policy it buys…or sticking with that “single story” fail?

  6. Ken Watanabe permalink

    To my surprise, she responded me on the twitter. Never have I encountered such moment until CB responded to an unknown stranger. I thought she shut herself in the 74 shades of grey after a twitter brouhaha, but it turned out she’s just hiding in a bottle. I have to admit her talent. She’s now a twit-genie.

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