Arne Duncan’s Right, Teachers in Tough Schools Deserve More Money. But Only if They’re Effective

While fact-checkers have disputed the claim, the Rev. Jesse Jackson used to frequently say that there were more black men in prison than in college.It’s likely that statistic was never quite accurate. Nevertheless, there is an alarming truth in the sentiment, one that Education Secretary Arne Duncan pointed out in a speech at the National Press Club on Wednesday: “One out of every... Read more >


I Wish Teach For America Didn’t Exist — and That’s Exactly Why I’m Signing Up

 This essay originally appeared at ColbyEchoNews.comThroughout the past three years as a student Colby College, I’ve wavered in my deliberations about Teach For America (TFA) – the non-profit organization that recruits college graduates who have demonstrated leadership, academic excellence and cultural understanding to teach in underserved communities across the nation. In re... 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.