Laura Waters

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Education Blogger
New Jersey

Laura Waters writes about New Jersey and New York education policy and politics. She taught writing to low-income students of color at SUNY Binghamton through an Educational Opportunity Program.

She is based in New Jersey, where she and her husband have raised four children. She has been elected four times to the Lawrence Township Board of Education, and served nine years as board president.

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Watching DeVos Makes Me Nervous for All the Children Like My Son Who Have Special Needs

I’ve tried to be open-minded about Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. Many people I respect view her as…

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Posted Jan. 4, 2017
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Coffee Break: Principal Stacey Gauthier on How Her Queens School Helped Build the Charter Movement

Stacey Gauthier is the principal of the Renaissance Charter School, a Pre-K through 12 conversion charter school in Jackson Heights,…

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Posted Dec. 13, 2016
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Even Critics Have to Acknowledge When Charter Schools Are Working

I am typically a fierce critic of Professor Bruce Baker but recently I found myself in the delightful position of…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2016
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Latino Parents Are Fighting to Keep This Charter School Open But Their Voices Aren’t Being Heard

Leaders of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) often profess disdain for public charter schools. But how far will they…

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Posted Oct. 28, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio fields questions while visiting a 12th grade English class at Boys and Girls High School, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. De Blasio later announced that Aimee Horowitz will become the new Renewal Schools leader, responsible to bringing progress to 94 struggling city schools, citing Boys and Girls H.S. for its turnaround. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

It’s Hard to See the Progress in Bill de Blasio’s School Reforms Because There’s Been None

In January 2013, just before Bill de Blasio was sworn in for his first term as New York City’s mayor,…

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016
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Coffee Break: Meredith Anderson on Teacher Diversity, Empowering Young Women and ‘Ubuntu’

Meredith Anderson is principal of Excellence Girls Middle Academy, one of 49 schools in the Uncommon Schools network. She has…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 23, 2016
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This XQ Super School in Brooklyn Is Providing a Compass to the Future

The Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School is one of 10 winners of the Super School Project, a competition to reinvent public…

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016
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The Key to Charter School Success Is Collaboration With District Schools

The dominant theme of Richard Whitmire’s book The Founders is that the top quintile of public charter school operators are…

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Posted Sep. 12, 2016
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The Man Most Responsible for Charter School Growth in New York City

Richard Whitmire’s new book, The Founders, delves into the nation’s top 20 percent of charter operators and analyzes how these…

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Posted Aug. 5, 2016
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In Newark, They’re Not So Quick to Knock Zuckerberg’s Gift

On Tuesday, Checker Finn, president emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and self-described “aging education reformer,” penned an open…

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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