OPINION

04/10/14

GET SCHOOLED!

Film director M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” among many others) set out to learn about closing America’s achievement gap in academic performance between underprivileged minority kids and their better-off peers.  The result is Shyamalan’s book “I Got Schooled,” which we heartily recommend as a comprehensive and readable study of best practices that a... Read more >

04/09/14

CAN TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS LEARN TO PLAY WELL WITH CHARTERS?

It’s time to retire the rhetoric and help both types of schools do what they do best: educate our childrenNJ Spotlight just reported that next year one out of four Newark public school students will opt to attend a charter school. Trenton Public Schools recently confirmed that a similar percentage of parents will decline placements in traditional districts and enroll their children... 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.