Parents reshaping debate around Newark schools, district, charter or magnet

 In public forums, on social media and in neighborhoods across Newark, we have witnessed years of consistent toxicity when it comes to debating the issue of education. But this school year, new voices, with a new approach and vision, are joining this long debate. At school advisory board meetings and city planning board meetings, public school parents, representing magnet schools, distri... Read more >


Teachers union gives a lesson in political power

The state's big teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association, gave a memorable lesson to residents of the region in the just-concluded election: It's got money, it's extremely partisan and it's adept at using the political process to attain its goals.In this particular case, the primary goal is laudable — getting state government to make the payments for public-worker pensions.The fu... 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.