The discussion over standardized testing and the PARCC test heard from another voice at Monday’s Senate Education Committee meeting.  A group of urban parents, primarily from Newark, made the trip to Trenton with a perspective that was quite different from the suburban parents who have so far dominated the legislative and public hearings.  The parents from Newark testified that the... Read more >


A few common sense reasons not to opt out of tests

 There is a movement happening in Colorado in which parents are encouraging their children to opt out of the PARCC test.As a Colorado educator with more than 12 years of experience teaching, I must challenge parents to consider what opting out truly means for our state’s schools and students.Take a moment and think back to when you moved out of your house, or went to college, or st... 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.