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Volume 11 Number 2

Equal Opportunity and the Federal Role in Education
By Harvey Kantor
An in-depth look at some of the major assumptions behind calls for paring down federal school policies, and a discussion of the role the federal government should play in assuring educational equity.

Arranged Marriages, Rearranged Ideas
By Stan Karp
One teacher's efforts to deal with the issues and value judgments raised by a student whose culture calls for arranged marriages.

Equity, Not Abandonment, Should Drive Federal Policy

Welfare `Reforms' Threaten Children
By Leon Lynn
A synopsis of the devastating impact that welfare "reform" could have on educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and adults.

Rethinking Our Classrooms: Writing `Essays with an Attitude'
By Linda Christensen
Essay assignments don't have to be boring, and students don't have to fail. A teacher describes how she encouraged students to use the essay format to take stands on issues that matter in their lives.

Teaching the Whole Story: One School's Struggle Toward Gay and Lesbian Inclusion
By Kate Lyman
A chronicle of one elementary school's struggles over teaching about gays and lesbians.

Students Walk Out Over Anti-Gay Resolution

Preaching Ain't Teaching
By Alan Singer
An examination of "abstinence-only" sex education programs casts doublt on whether they really encourage students to postpone sexual activity.

A Review of Sexuality, Commitment and Family

Reader Commentary: Progressives Should Support Charter Schools
By Joe Nathan

Tender Warriors: The Dilemma of `Inherent' Inequality and the Cost of Integration
By Herbert Kohl

Reviews of "Silver Rights" by Constance Curry and "Warriors Don't Cry" by Melba Pattillo BealsTwo books chronicling the lives of the first students of color to attend white-only Southern schools.

Student Voices: School System Shock
By Melony Swasey
A student compares the rhetoric of equality with the realities facing less affluent students