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 Mar. 24, 2017

Here Are Some ‘Choice’ Highlights From Eva’s Interview With Chalkbeat

This whole district public school vs. charter public school—I don’t think parents think of it that way. I think they…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

The Supreme Court Does the Right Thing for Students With Disabilities But Now Here Comes the Hard Part

Here’s Chief Justice John Roberts, issuing the Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion today in a case called Endrew F. v. Douglas…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

Coffee Break: Parent Advocate Muhammed Akil on Getting Honest About Our Weaknesses and Creating Real Change

Muhammed Akil is a fierce advocate for school choice and unflinching in his conviction that we must confront long-time failures…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Feb. 2, 2017

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…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 24, 2017

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…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017

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…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

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…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 4, 2017

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,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 13, 2016

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…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 1, 2016

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…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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