Why progressives should defend 'Vergara v. California' ruling.When I decided to join Students Matter, the group that spearheaded a lawsuit that invalidated California's teacher tenure, dismissal and "last in, first out" layoff laws, I expected negative reactions from fellow progressives.Sure enough, the day of the announcement, lots of incredulous and even hostile e-mails ... Read more >
September is always such an exciting time of year, as schools of all sizes and grade levels open their doors for the beginning of the new school year. The focus of all educational leaders, as always, is on enhancing student learning. In recent years, New Jersey’s school leaders have had an ace in the hole in this quest. Adopted by our state Board of Education in 2010, the Common Core S... 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.