New study: Ignoring teacher performance in layoffs hurts kids

 Performance trumps seniority when it comes to deciding teacher layoffs — if the goal is to minimize negative effects on student learning.A new study by Brown University professor Matthew Kraft finds that laying off teachers based on how long they have been in the classroom rather than how effective they are hurts student achievement in math. It’s the first evidence based on ... Read more >


Katrina swept away failing school system in New Orleans

 On Aug. 29, 2005, the levees broke in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, causing more than $100 billion in damage and almost 2,000 deaths. Katrina was the costliest and third-deadliest hurricane in U.S. history.President Obama travels to New Orleans this week to commemorate Katrina’s 10th anniversary and the city’s rebuilding.Amid the rubble and rebui... 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.