There’s a small but strange situation in the Wall Street Journal’s latest education story (Teachers Union Criticizes Charter Perk), written by Leslie Brody — and what I’m going to describe as a quirky journalistic solution.

The Brody story concerns union complaints about a provision in the state charter law that allows schools to “set aside seats for employees’ children” starting next year — part of a long-running debate over whether charter schools are truly open to all students and serve a proportionate share of needy students. 

One of the responses to the criticism that’s given in the piece comes from Barbara Martinez, who’s identified as “a spokeswoman for Uncommon Schools.”

But Martinez isn’t just a charter school network spokeswoman. She’s also a former WSJ education reporter. You wouldn’t know that from reading the piece. But if you read it online and happened to click the link under her name, you’d be directed to her author page: “Barbara Martinez covers public education in New York City for the Greater New York section.”

Her full bio, still live at WSJ.com, can be found here. For an example of her work, check out this overview of the $100 million Zuckerberg grant in 2010 here. She left the paper in 2011.

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.