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Volume 13 Number 1

Reconstituting Jefferson
By Linda Christensen
Reconstituting schools -- bring in a new reform program and forcing teacher to reapply for their jobs or leave -- is a nationwide trend, an example of "get tough" policies. At this teacher's school it was mean-spirited and shallow, and did nothing to address the school's real problems.

Reconstitution Trend Cools
By Linda Christensen
A national perspective on the reconstitution controversy.

What Happened to the Merger?
By Ann Bastian
A look at the NEA-AFT merger proposed this summer, why it didn't happen, and where we go from here.

New Battlegrounds: Charter Schools, Voucher Schools, and Special Education
By Christine Stoneman
How voucher schools, and some charter schools, are trying to circumvent special education regulations.

Staying Past Wednesday
By Kate Lyman
A second-grade teacher explores the seldom-touched issues of grief and loss with her students.

Culturally Authentic Bias
By Marta I. Cruz-Janzen
A teacher learns that just because a book is multicultural doesn't mean it's free from bias.

The Voucher Threat
A Rethinking Schools Editorial
Many urban schools are so beset with problems that vouchers may sound like legitimate reform. But don't be fooled. The very survival of public education is at stake.

Of Eagles and Chickens
By Bakari Chavanu
A teacher describes how a modern fable helps him teach about the African-American struggle for identity.

Of Eagles And Chickens -- Supplemental Resources Where to find poetry, books and movies that offer insight on this issue.

Great Eagle Wisdom Powerful quotes from "In Our Own Words: A Treasury of Quotations from the African American Community."

Letters on Teachers and Unions Readers speak out on recent Rethinking Schools articles about teachers and unions.

Lessons from the Other Side
By Susan Naimark
A community activist -- now also a school board member -- offers tips for parents on how to effectively approach a school board.

Transforming Teaching
By Bob Peterson
Milwaukee's teacher councils provide important lessons on district wide school reform.

K-12 Reform GoalsTen goals included in a report by a curriculum reform committee in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Alternatives to Retention
By Linda Darling-Hammond
"No social promotion" makes a nice soundbite, but there are better ways to fix schools.

Unz: Moving on to Arizona
By Cathy Amant
The leader of California's attack on bilingual education is working with a group in Arizona with similar goals.

Religious Right Launches "Exodus 2000"
By Barbara Miner
Right-wing Christian leaders are calling on their followers to pull their children from public education.

Victory for Funding Equity
By Stan Karp
A New Jersey decision mandates extra money for low-income districts.

MPS Suspensions Skyrocket
By Barbara Miner
A look at suspensions in Milwaukee schools, which have gone up 30% in just a few years.

A Mother Speaks Out
By Leslie Sadasivan
Tragedy strikes when schools fail to crack down on harassment of gay and lesbian kids.

The Mixed Messages of "Mulan"
By Chyng Feng Sun
Disney's animated feature put a Chinese heroine on a pedestal, but dragged Chinese civilization through the mud.

Tinsel Town Teachers
By Gavin Hainsworth
Why can't Hollywood get teachers right? A look at common stereotypes about teachers on the silver screen.