Laura Waters

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Blogger, Parent, School Board Member

Lawrence Township, New Jersey

Laura Waters writes about New Jersey and New York education policy and politics. As the daughter of New York City educators and parent of a son with special needs, she writes frequently about the need to listen to families and ensure access to good public school options for all.

She is based in New Jersey, where she and her husband have raised four children. She recently finished serving 12 years on her local school board in Lawrence, New Jersey, where she was president for nine of those years. Early in her career, she taught writing to low-income students of color at SUNY Binghamton through an Educational Opportunity Program.

Laura blogs about education in New Jersey at NJ Left Behind and New York at New York School Talk.

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Posted July 23, 2020

Biden’s Unity Task Force Isn’t Building Education Back Better, It’s Holding Back Progress

I am a quintessential American Democrat, a New York Jew raised by teachers union members whose own parents endured brutal…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 6, 2020

Q&A: 12-Year-Old Amir Lumumba on Why Schools Need More Counselors and Fewer Cops

On Thursday, July 9 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET, brightbeam’s Director of Activism, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar will moderate a virtual town hall…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 2, 2020

Seriously, Betsy? The Civil Rights Act

On Friday U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a statement celebrating the 56th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, passed…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 8, 2020

Q&A: Zakiya Sankara-Jabar on Why Now Is the Perfect Time for #SeekingChildJustice

“I want to protect my children from the system that destroyed my parents.” That’s Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, National Director of Activism…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 5, 2020

Seeking Justice for Black and Brown Children? Focus on the Social Determinants of Health

The fight for educational equity has never been just about schools. The real North Star for this work is providing…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 14, 2020

My Son Cracked the Code in an Atypical Way With a Focus on Phonics

When my three older children learned to read, it seemed to us as natural a process as learning to talk.…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 15, 2020

DeVos Released $3 Billion in Education Emergency Funds to State Governors. Too Bad It’s Not Enough.

On April 3, Governors Asa Hutchinson and Jay Inslee sent a letter on behalf of all the nation’s governors to…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 10, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Guidance Is All Over the Place

Color her fickle. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos can’t seem to steer a steady course as she leads 55 million K-12…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 9, 2020

Gavin’s Story Shines a Light on the Inequities Special Needs Students Face With Remote Learning

Ten-year-old Gavin Williams is a lively and affectionate youngster who loves to visit museums, experiment with computer-coding and plunge into…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 6, 2020

Governors Ask DeVos For Emergency Education Aid

On March 27, two weeks ago last Friday, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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