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Volume 13 Number 2

What Now for Bilingual Education?
By James Crawford
Six months after California's Proposition 227 was passed we see disrupted schools, confused teachers, and kids dumped out of good programs for crash courses in English. But some bilingual education survives, thanks to parent and teacher support.

Does Bilingual Ed Work?
By James Crawford
Research and experience underscore the importance of teaching in both languages.

Out Front
By Annie Johnston
An openly gay high school teacher discusses what schools can do to fight homophobia.

Vouchers in legal limbo.
By Barbara Miner
The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear the Milwaukee voucher case, shifting focus to political and educational problems with public funds for private schools.

What Color is Beautiful?
By Alejandro Segura-Mora
A kindergartner says he doesn't like his dark skin. His teacher grapples with how to respond, and finds a valuable resource in the book "Nina Bonita."

Trivial Pursuit Testing
By Peter Kiang
An education professor takes the notorious Massachusetts teacher certification test. It's a great test, he says, if the goal is to train contestants for "Jeopardy" or "Trivial Pursuit."

Equity Takes a Hard Hit
A Rethinking Schools
Editorial Across the country, concern with equity is dwindling as voters, school boards, and federal courts embrace so-called "race-neutral" policies.

Tracking and the Project Method
By Bob Peterson
A teacher reflects on alternatives to tracking, and how to teach kids with a range of skills.

Keeping Schools on Track
By Anne Wheelock
Research has proven that tracking is inequitable. So why does it persist? And why do so many reformers sidestep the issue?

By Greg Michie
Some days are like that. And some practices, like tracking, are even worse.

What's the Fuss?
By Raul Yzaguirre
Are debates over bilingual ed grounded in what's best for students, or are they clouded by cultural issues and opinions about assimilation?

The Poetry of Protest
By Linda Christensen
Martin Espada's poetry is a weapon for justice for those who aren't white, who don't speak English, and whose work as migrant laborers is exploited.

Philip's Transformation
By Beverly Braxton
How an elementary school teacher uses the book "Crow Boy" to teach respect for differences, and how she helped one angry, alienated student.

The Trial
By Kate Lyman
Helping students get past "us versus them" while exploring homelessness.

Revolving School Doors
By Ruth Conniff
High housing costs mean many students move -- and change schools -- once or more each year, with dire effects on learning.

Past and Present: An Encounter with the Elders
By Herb Kohl
Reviews of "Teacher with a Heart: Reflections on Leonard Covello and Community," by Vito Perrone, and "School Equity: Strategy for Creating Productive Schools in a Just Society," edited by Marilyn J. Cittell.