OPINION

12/17/14

CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE BEST WAY TO BRING EQUITY TO EDUCATION IN NJ

 No other options offer students in poorer urban districts such access to high-quality learning and such a chance to succeedRick Pressler, interim president and CEO of the New Jersey Charter Schools AssociationWith so much recent noise about the demographics of charter schools, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters to families and children most: access to high quality public schools t... Read more >

12/11/14

Do Career Pathways for Teachers Really Improve Instruction?

 Common sense tells us that money is an effective way to motivate people. I will never say no to more money. This is a pretty straightforward facet of my personality, and it seems that a preference for more money rather than less isn't unique to just me. (See: Capitalism).When Baltimore City created career pathways options four years years ago, I jumped at the chance to apply for hi... 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.