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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.
Opinion: Could Christie's Education Agenda Be Swept in on His Coattails?
Laura Waters | July 30, 2013 | Education, Opinion
If enough GOP candidates are carried along for the ride, it could put vouchers, seniority-based tenure, and even Abbott v. Burke within reach.
Scrutiny of New Jersey Schools Goes Right to the Core
Laura Waters | June 11, 2013 | Opinion
New measures of success will ultimately rehash familiar news about education inequities, inadequacies.
Opinion: Assemblyman Diegnan's Charter Bill Flies in Face of (Rare) Consensus
Laura Waters | May 7, 2013 | Opinion
One of the few things educators and administrators agree on: charter schools need multiple authorizers.
Opinion: Teeny-Weeny Education Reform, Small Steps to Success in New Jersey
Laura Waters | March 27, 2013 | Opinion
Now that Christie has wrung the bloat out of OSA, it may finally start making a difference to poor kids.
Opinion: Putting a Price on Special Education Will Promote Equal Access
Laura Waters | January 8, 2013 | Opinion
Right now, access to special education is ensured only for the richest and the poorest school districts.
Opinion: Location, Location, Location -- The Real Determinant for Success in School
Laura Waters | November 20, 2012 | Opinion
New study indicates Camden students flourish when moved out of dysfunctional schools and neighborhoods.
Opinion: A Report on the Education Transformation Report
Laura Waters | September 24, 2012 | Education, Opinion
The Education Transformation Task Force has published its final report, replete with some victories but more omissions.
Opinion: Cutting the Clutter About Online Charter Schools
Laura Waters | August 9, 2012 | Education, Opinion
Arguments about virtual charters seem to be more about territory than education.
Opinion: Taking an Incremental Approach to Tenure Reform
Laura Waters | June 22, 2012 | Education, Opinion
Despite the bold rhetoric, New Jersey isn't best suited to sweeping changes and lengthy strides.
Opinion: A Tale of Two Cities: Charter Schools in Philadelphia, Camden
Laura Waters | April 27, 2012 | Education, Opinion
The key to successful charters: keep the focus on the kids, keep the unions happy.
Opinion: One-Size-Fits-All Legislation Won't Solve Separate But Unequal
Laura Waters | March 19, 2012 | Education, Opinion
With its tiered approach to education inequities, the Christie administration may be on the right track.
Opinion: The Charter School Controversy -- Much Ado About Nothing
Laura Waters | January 27, 2012 | Education, Opinion
It's time for NJ to catch up with the rest of the country and recognize charters as the natural ally to traditional school districts.
Opinion: Life in the Democratic Lane
Laura Waters | December 7, 2011 | Opinion
Thanks to education reform, the familiar, well-traveled thoroughfare is a thing of the past.
Opinion: The Balance of Power -- How Much Government is Good for Education?
Laura Waters | October 21, 2011 | Opinion
Melding local governance and state authority in the service of disadvantaged kids.
Opinion: NJ School Choice -- Protect the Students, Not the System
Laura Waters | September 14, 2011 | Education
Surely, the state's school system is robust enough to serve all of its students -- rich and poor.
Opinion: Gov. Big Stick, Meet the Velvet Glove
Laura Waters | July 18, 2011 | Education
New Jersey's preferred mode of "negotiation" has already cost us the Race to the Top.
Opinion: Saving the NJEA from Itself
Laura Waters | June 15, 2011 | Opinion
These days, Democrats are all about education reform. The teachers union needs to get with the program.
Opinion: Education Is the Problem, Access Is the Solution
Laura Waters | May 10, 2011 | Opinion
Money alone has yet to solve our chronic educational inequalities. Why believe it will this time?
Opinion: Stay the Course on Education Reform? Fuggedaboutit
Laura Waters | April 8, 2011 | Opinion
Between extreme and incremental, there is a way to help poor students in troubled schools.
Opinion: Tenure Reform, the Administration Gets It Right
Laura Waters | March 4, 2011 | Opinion
LIFO, or quality-blind layoffs, don't help teachers, they hurt our kids.
Opinion: NJ's 'Fatally Flawed' Merit Pay Program
Laura Waters | January 14, 2011 | Opinion
Our problem in New Jersey is not the lack of a merit system. Our problem is how we’ve chosen to measure merit.
Opinion: Break Up School District Monopolies
Laura Waters | November 29, 2010 | Opinion
Free market competition is the best way to ensure that kids have real school choices.
Opinion: Separate And Unequal, Bringing All the Kids Under the Tent
Laura Waters | October 25, 2010 | Opinion
It's time to match school reform efforts to the districts that truly need help.
Opinion: A Sure-Fire Way to Put School Choice Into Practice
Laura Waters | September 17, 2010 | Opinion
Relying on the kindness of wealthy districts isn’t going to help students from poor districts get a better education, but cash would.
Opinion: Getting Beyond the Race to the Top
Laura Waters | September 2, 2010 | Education, Opinion
New Jersey can attain the advantages of RTTT, one failing school district at a time.
Opinion: Segregation Survives in New Jersey
Laura Waters | July 22, 2010 | Opinion
Examining the parallels between education of children of color and education of children with disabilities.
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