Laura Waters

Laura Waters was weaned on education and equity issues. Her mom was a social worker and her dad was a social studies teacher in New York City public schools. She can no more get this passion out of her blood than she can her New York accent, even though she has lived in Central Jersey now for over 25 years. She and her husband have four children, and her youngest has multiple disabilities. Laura was on her local school board for 12 years and served nine years as president. She keeps education leaders on their toes at the blog 'NJ Left Behind.'

Latest Articles

Q&A: Chris Cerf on Fighting COVID Learning Loss With Great Teaching

Last March schools across the country closed and typical live instruction morphed into erratic meetings on Zoom. Many of us assumed this...

Hear Me Out on My Voucher Proposal

This is the third in a series on my changing views of publicly-funded vouchers to parochial and private schools. The first one is...

I Thought Vouchers Were Wrong, But Now I Realize They Helped My Son

Recently I wrote that a residency hearing with two children, Kayla and Tasha, represented to me our deeply-embedded structural inequities in education that...

After a Decade of Opposing Voucher Programs, I’m Wondering If I Was Wrong

This is part one in a series by Laura Waters. I smiled at the two little girls seated...

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Is Against Police Union Endorsements But Seems to Think Teachers’ Union Endorsements are Just Fine

This past weekend Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a fellow Queens native and upcoming Democratic superstar, had this to say about the New York...

“Now I Have Hope,” Says Homeless Mom Whose Children Finally Have Wifi and Laptops for School

At brightbeam we talk a lot about the digital divide, a major obstacle to equitably delivering home instruction during this pandemic.  New Jersey is...

Biden’s Unity Task Force Ignores Black Lives

I am a quintessential American Democrat, a New York Jew raised by teachers union members whose own parents endured brutal bigotry before...

Red Pen Needed For Context And Fact-Free Article Called “The Democrats’ School Choice Problem.”

On New Year’s Eve The Nation published an analysis by Jennifer Berkshire called “The Democrats’ School Choice Problem.” Berkshire lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where...