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Opinion: The Four Factors Behind Newark’s Education Turnaround
Laura Waters | December 5, 2017 | Opinion
Academic improvement, higher standards for students and educators, parent empowerment through school choice signal hard-won cohesion for a fractured district in a fragmented state
Opinion: Chris Christie’s Surprisingly Solid Record in Public Education
Laura Waters | November 9, 2017 | Opinion
It’s easy to mock the soon-to-be-ex governor; it’s harder to admit he’s leaving NJ’s public schools in better shape than he found them
Opinion: The Essence of ESSA: the Good, the Bad, the Meh
Laura Waters | August 11, 2017 | Opinion
A wonk-free assessment of the Every Student Succeeds Act and how it can refocus discussions about New Jersey schools onto more accurate rankings of quality and achievement
Opinion: Finding the Right Fit for Charters and Special-Needs Students
Laura Waters | March 24, 2017 | Opinion
Accusations that charters don’t want to deal with special-ed costs and challenges are getting us — and our children — nowhere
Opinion: Lakewood’s Ultra-Orthodox Day Schools, ‘Tyranny of the Many’
Laura Waters | October 6, 2016 | Opinion
Lakewood public school students — black, Latino, and economically disadvantaged — are deprived of their constitutionally guaranteed thorough and efficient of education
Opinion: Is Lakewood NJ Pushing the Boundaries Separating Church and State?
Laura Waters | August 1, 2016 | Opinion
A recently approved bill commits nearly $17 million in state money to busing the town’s Orthodox Jewish students who attend yeshivas or private day schools
Opinion: The ‘Message’ of Poor PARCC Results -- Don’t Blame the Test
Laura Waters | May 13, 2016 | Opinion
Consider this: One-third of the incoming class at Rutgers had to take remedial classes for subjects they should have mastered in high school
Opinion: SFRA's a Fossil, Abbott's History -- Bring School Aid into 21st Century
Laura Waters | April 1, 2016 | Opinion
Formula overcompensates some school districts while completely ignoring others dire need of more school aid
Opinion: PARCC -- More Accurate than ASK, and the Numbers Prove It
Laura Waters | January 26, 2016 | Opinion
The real problem with pre-PARCC student assessments is that ASK scores trended high, giving us an inflated sense of student proficiency
Opinion: An Inconvenient Truth About President Obama’s Testing Plan
Laura Waters | October 29, 2015 | Opinion
Capping standardized testing at 2 percent of instruction time should overjoy the opt-out movement. So why are they outraged?
Opinion: Moving Beyond Good versus Evil in Newark School-Reform Debate
Laura Waters | September 14, 2015 | Opinion
Ras Baraka hasn’t just cooled the campaign rhetoric, he’s proven that he knows the value of eclectic and diversified approaches to a troubled school system
Opinion: Are NJ's High-School Diplomas Worth the Paper They’re Printed On?
Laura Waters | July 28, 2015 | Opinion
Are we being over-optimistic when it comes to how well NJ’s middle-class students are being prepared for college?
Opinion: Gov. Christie’s About-Face on Common Core Takes Page from NJEA
Laura Waters | June 9, 2015 | Opinion
Governor and teachers union are willing to sacrifice student well-being to personal and political gains
Opinion: Is Making Peace with PARCC an Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Laura Waters | April 30, 2015 | Opinion
The results of standardized tests, which revealed the yawning gulf between rich and poor students, played a key role in the Abbott rulings
Opinion: Don’t Fall for the Opt-Out Cop-Out
Laura Waters | April 2, 2015 | Opinion
NJ’s kids deserve demanding standardized tests, and we all need the data they deliver
Opinion: Time for NJEA to Seize the Microphone on Health Benefits, Pensions
Laura Waters | March 6, 2015 | Opinion
The union is wasting its time and making leaders look like wimps by denying the 'joint accord' mentioned by Christie in his budget address
Opinion: Time to Give the ‘Cami-Bashing’ a Rest -- Woes in Newark Go Way Back
Laura Waters | January 27, 2015 | Education, Opinion
Problems in the city’s troubled school system stretch back decades; the shrill tone of the criticisms of the current superintendent are short-sighted and ill-conceived
Opinion: A New Year in Education, but 2014’s Battles are Far from Over
Laura Waters | December 22, 2014 | Opinion
Here’s a look at four issues that will continue to shape education in New Jersey well into 2015 -- and possibly beyond
Opinion: Self-Selection of Public Schools, New Jersey’s Double Standard
Laura Waters | November 25, 2014 | Opinion
Upper-middle-class families vote for school choice with their feet, while poor families are pilloried for trying to get the best for their kids
Opinion: NJ’s Teachers Union: Implosion, Irrelevance, or Evolution?
Laura Waters | October 21, 2014 | Opinion
The NJEA’s shift on charter schools is emblematic of its struggles with shifting situation in education -- in the state and beyond
Opinion: Is It Time to Cash in on Charter Schools? I Don’t Think So
Laura Waters | September 10, 2014 | Opinion
According to the rhetoric of anti-education reformers, charter schools are right up there with iPhones as a shortcut to gazillions of dollars
Opinion: Landmark School-Equity Ruling Still Resonates in New Jersey
Laura Waters | August 5, 2014 | Opinion
But while state Supreme Court’s decision resulted in equal funding for poorer districts, goal of equal education remains elusive
Opinion: In Strident Dialogue About Common Core, 'Go Slow' Usually Means 'No Go'
Laura Waters | June 26, 2014 | Opinion
The politics of reform can be far more fascinating than the questions about using PARCC to evaluate teachers now or in two years
Opinion: Time to Revamp NJ's Costly, Segregated School System for Special-Needs Kids
Laura Waters | May 9, 2014 | Opinion
Beyond recommendations and committees, transforming today's separate and unequal approach to special education demands a cultural shift
Opinion: Can Traditional Schools Learn to Play Well With Charters?
Laura Waters | April 9, 2014 | Education, Opinion
It’s time to retire the rhetoric and help both types of schools do what they do best: educate our children
Opinion: Ras Baraka -- the Best Thing to Happen to NJ School Reform
Laura Waters | March 13, 2014 | Opinion
Unapologetically old school in his attitude toward education, Baraka might actually galvanize NJ's dispirited reform community into taking action
Opinion: Chris Cerf's Decision to Leave Education Post is New Jersey's Loss
Laura Waters | February 18, 2014 | Opinion
If the Garden State is truly committed to education reform, it will find another commissioner cut from the same cloth
Opinion: Christie Mess Does Major Damage to Education Reform Efforts
Laura Waters | February 3, 2014 | Opinion
School choice may survive on life support; vouchers, extended days, and seniority-blind layoffs are pretty much dead on the table
Opinion: A County-Wide Approach to Desegregating NJ Schools
Laura Waters | January 13, 2014 | Education, Opinion
Could magnet schools may be a way for all students to cross district boundaries to get the education they deserve?
Opinion: Some Cold, Hard Facts About Common Core State Standards
Laura Waters | September 13, 2013 | Education, Opinion
Teaching to the test is not necessarily a bad thing, nor is the use of data to evaluate teaching effectiveness.
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