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Posted Mar. 25, 2020

Will This Pandemic Force Us to Boldly Address the Inequities in Our Schools?

I live right off Route 206, a mostly two-lane road that begins in the Pinelands of southern New Jersey, winds…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 18, 2020

Districts Are Using Students With Disabilities as an Excuse to Do Nothing

My husband and I have four children. Our three oldest are what we in the special needs community call “neuro-typical”…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 16, 2020

Schools Like This One Might Have an Easier Time Going Virtual

As COVID-19 continues to spread across New Jersey, “long term school closures are inevitable,” said Governor Phil Murphy on Friday. All…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Feb. 25, 2020

Now That Trump Is Abandoning Charter Schools, Democrats Are Free to Champion a Truly Progressive Education Platform

I could be Bernie Sanders’ daughter. After all, my parents were much like him, children of Eastern European Jewish immigrants…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

What Happens When a Good Public Charter School Can’t Get a Building

Imagine that your 15-year-old daughter is enrolled in a public high school that you both chose for its affirmative culture…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 6, 2020

There Are So Many Things Wrong With This Piece in ‘The Nation.’ Here Are My Top 4.

On New Year’s Eve “The Nation” published an analysis by Jennifer Berkshire called “The Democrats’ School Choice Problem.” Her piece is instructive…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 15, 2019

Here’s What Happened Yesterday When AFT and NEA Locked Out Black and Brown Parents from a Candidate Forum

Yesterday the AFT/NEA sponsored a “Public Education Forum” in Pittsburgh. There, hand-selected union members heard from seven Democratic presidential candidates…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

I’m Waiting for Democrats to Stop Using Progressive Talking Points and Start Listening to Parents

When eight Democratic presidential candidates appear on stage in Pittsburgh this Saturday, most—if not all—will echo teachers unions’ animus towards…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 6, 2019

If You’re Looking for a Robust Democratic Debate About Education, This Ain’t It

“At last,” I exulted, as I peered at a Slack message from a colleague. The Democratic presidential candidates are going…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 2, 2019

Don’t Take Us Back to the Days When Our Children With Disabilities Could Be Denied an Education

We barely survived my son Jonah’s adolescence. One evening in Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station he pushed me so hard I…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 29, 2020

If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids

The latest episodes of police murdering Black people have my chest burning like a building set ablaze. My heart is hot, my stomach churns. My…

By Nahliah Webber

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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 in 1957 by a Republican-controlled…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 1, 2020

Let’s Give Co-Teachers the Tools They Need to Make Classrooms More Equitable This Fall

Across the country, educators are mourning the loss of an unfinished year and wondering what student learning will look like in the fall. And yes,…

By Anne Eidelman

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