March 5, 2014 TO: Chief School Administrators Charter School Lead Persons FROM: Christopher D. Cerf Commissioner SUBJECT: Educator Evaluation/Common Core/PARCC Facts Over the last month, the NJEA has made a number of statements about the Common Core, the new educator evaluation systems, and the PARCC assessments that are simply not true. I have heard from countless superi... Read more >
Today's post is from Joe Fatheree. Joe is an instructor of technology for the nationally recognized multimedia program at Effingham High School in Effingham, IL, and was Illinois teacher of the year in 2007."These are the times that try men's souls," are words that were penned by Thomas Paine as he tried desperately to revive the spirit of a nation and the men serving in the C... Read more >
B4NJKids (B4K) is an independent voice for common-sense education reform in New Jersey. B4K stands for the proposition that the first priority of the New Jersey public school system must be the best interests of New Jersey students, not the special interests that dominate the status quo. To this end, every class must have an effective teacher and every school an effective principal, and teachers and principals should be given the necessary training and resources to be effective. Public policy and all administrative and personnel policies should support these goals. Parents must be empowered with access to data and other information to hold educators, leaders and elected officials accountable for their performance.