OPINION

07/29/15

Why We Need to Increase Our Academic Expectations for Low and Middle-Class Students

 Yesterday NJ Spotlight ran my column on why N.J. suburban, middle-class high schools need to raise academic expectations for students so that they enter college and/or careers prepared for this flat world. I could have (should have) cited two recent reports, one from Campus Technology and the second from Hechinger, that explores this lack of preparation in more ... Read more >

07/28/15

ARE NJ'S HIGH-SCHOOL DIPLOMAS WORTH THE PAPER THEY’RE PRINTED ON?

Are we being over-optimistic when it comes to how well NJ’s middle-class students are being prepared for college?Laura WatersIf you live in one of New Jersey’s many middle-class suburbs, you most likely take great pride in your public-school district, each one a reflection of distinctive township identities, our much-maligned “municipal madness” rendered benign. N... Read more >

 

MISSION

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.