February 11, 2022

RICCARDS: It’s Time for Parents to Speak Louder in Local School Issues

If only I had known that I was a candidate canary in the school board coal mine … It was only a few years ago […]
April 21, 2021

RICCARDS: Why Are New Jersey Leaders Not Prioritizing Education to Build Back Better?

It was no surprise that the Congressional Progressive Caucus recently released its priorities for the American Jobs Plan. Based on a survey of its 95 […]
February 23, 2021

RICCARDS: Biden Administration Boldly Declares Importance of Measuring Academic Impact of Pandemic Year

Rest easy, Garden State. The Biden Administration and its U.S. Department of Education has now made the tough decision for us. The decision no one […]
February 8, 2021

RICCARDS: 48 U.S. States Teach Reading More Effectively Than New Jersey

“Follow the science.” For nearly a year now, that has been the mantra governing all decisions regarding New Jersey’s public schools. If we are going […]
December 10, 2020

It's Every Student Succeeds Act’s Fifth Anniversary But There's Nothing to Celebrate

Five years ago TikTok, the video-sharing social networking platform, didn’t even exist. Today, the New York Times reports that over one-third of its 49 million daily users […]
December 1, 2020

Will We Bury Our Heads in the Sand or Get Serious About Covid Learning Loss?

“More than ever, it is abundantly clear there is a need for real-time data on where our children stand academically.” – M. Teresa Ruiz, NJ […]