Laura Waters

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Blogger, School Board Member, Mom

Lawrence Township, 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.

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

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Posted Feb. 2, 2017
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District and Charter Schools Are Partnering to Help More Students Succeed and It’s Working

According to a new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), Bridging the District-Charter Divide to Help More…

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Posted Jan. 24, 2017
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Let’s Avoid “Alternative Facts” When We Talk About School Choice and Charter Schools

Over the weekend, Americans were introduced to a new meme: “alternative facts,” Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s awkward rationalization of the…

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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How Parents Benefit From School Accountability

If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course…

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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…

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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 Feb. 22, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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