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What you said about what we said last week

Reader reaction to our cover story on Katherine Bradley’s influence over District education reform was swift, vocal, and contentious. topryder1 responded succinctly but with more than a dash of salt: “Washington’s very own Lucrezia Borgia.” While it seems unfair to describe Bradley as quite that literally Machiavellian, others agreed with the general sentiment. “she’s a rich do-gooder, with all the negative and positive baggage it connotes. reform has been practiced for eons. it’s old school,” wrote deign to serve.

But some readers, including Ladyhawke, found the writing too dense. “Fuck, this wall of text needs a thesis statement. I’m so lost. So Bradley is one of many nongovernment bigwigs who gets a direct line to the Mayor and her key staff. Is that all this article is saying?” Meade: “Yes, that is what the article is saying Ladyhawke. One day you may care about something. One day you may care about something local and you are unable to figure out who makes the decision or who made the decision. You should only hope that someone in what passes for our media has written about it, because as I say below – again – these are the people in the city who are above it all. The sons and daughters, nieces, nephews, wives and husbands of the powerful with direct lines to politicians.” Yep, we’re starting to see where the Borgia family figures in, at least metaphorically.

Git ‘er Done at least had something constructive to say. “To Ms. Bradley and the other bigwigs ‘How’s about using those dollars to open 24-hour daycare & preschools?’ Quit piddling around the edges and get to the meat of the matter—providing quality, education-based childcare for cash-strapped low and middle income DC parents/caregivers.” And finally, we heard from Ted Cohen, who is the editor of the NewarkSchoolsForSale blog. “Thank you for carrying on our coverage of Ms. Bradley. We began the heavy lifting some two years ago and are grateful for serving your follow-up work as the mere journalistic germ.” As with many pieces of good reporting, it comes together as part of a community effort to shine light on those in power.

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