OPINION

11/21/14

Charter schools on right track in N.J.

 As New Jersey's students and teachers settle into a new school year, a new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools shows that the state's charter movement is thriving."The Health of the Public Charter School Movement: A State-By-State Analysis" analyzes and ranks states based on their charter schools' quality, growth, and innovation. New Jersey ranks fourth in ... Read more >

11/13/14

What can we do to make schools worthy of kids?

Camden is at a crossroads.It’s no secret that after decades of post-industrial decline, the city has struggled. With an unemployment rate nearly triple the national average and only 7 percent of its adult residents holding a bachelor’s degree, Camden is not the city it was in the early part of the 20th century.But there are promising signs. Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Dana Redd, ... 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.