As a former union leader and a lifelong Democrat, I am deeply troubled by their rhetoric and strategy.President John F. Kennedy said, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." This message has apparently been lost on some people in our teachers unions who used their recent national conventions in Los Angeles and Denv... Read more >
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE on Monday took action to study overall student testing in New Jersey and to lessen the impact of testing on teacher evaluations. For a governor who has often been critical of teaching standards, this was an unexpected and welcome decision.Tenure reform was one of the governor's first-term signature accomplishments. One provision of that law calls for teachers to be evaluate... 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.