For suburban parents, charter schools are a political debate. For a desperate parent in Newark, where so many schools are failing, they are an educational lifeline. Tens of thousands of parents lined up on the most recent waiting lists at KIPP and NorthStar, two top charters that are the most requested schools in Newark. Now, a bill from Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex and Morris) woul... Read more >
By Kristin DeLorenzo and Liz GardnerWe are concerned about Gov. Chris Christie's recent proposal to abandon the Common Core standards, and his rhetoric that they are simply "not working." A close look into New Jersey's classrooms would show that Common Core is indeed working. As math teachers with a combined 31 years of experience in the classroom, we know firsthand how the Co... 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.