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Volume 25 Number 1

COVER STORIES • Fighting for Our Schools

A Cauldron of Opposition in Duncan’s Hometown • Rank-and-File Teachers Score Huge Victory
An Interview with Karen Lewis and Jackson Potter
The new leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union explains how they won and where they're going.

Proving Grounds • School “Rheeform” in Washington, D.C.
By Leigh Dingerson
Michelle Rhee is the exemplar of Duncan's school “reform.” What's really happening to children and teachers in D.C.?

California’s Perfect Storm
By David Bacon
Last year, demonstrations by students, teachers, parents, and staff erupted throughout California—with the potential to redefine the fight for public education.

EDITORIAL • Teacher Layoffs and War
By the editors of Rethinking Schools


Who Can Stay Here? Documentation and Citizenship in Children’s Literature
By Grace Cornell
Picture books about immigration and citizenship rarely portray the issues that children from immigrant families face every day. Here is a framework to help teachers choose books and open discussion.

Deporting Elena’s Father
By Melissa Bollow Tempel
The story of one child whose father was deported casts light on a growing crisis.

The Other Internment • Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans during WWII
By Moé Yonamine
A role play engages students in exploration of a little-known piece of history—the deportation of people of Japanese origin from Latin American countries to U.S. internment camps and back to Japan as POWs.

You Are Where You Sit • Uncovering the Lessons of Classroom Furniture
By Tom Mckenna
Students analyze the impact of different seating arrangements in class, linking issues of power, space, and hierarchy to the world outside.

A Social Justice Data Fair • Questioning the World Through Math
By Beth Alexander and Michelle Munk
Math is at the center of student-generated projects on environmental, social, and political themes.


Letters to the Editors

Action Education
By Jody Sokolower
Puerto Rican Students Win Major Victory

Herbert Kohl
Tricksters and Their Opposite

REVIEW • Drop That Knowledge • Youth Radio Stories
Reviewed by Rick Ayers and William Ayers
Drop That Knowledge • Youth Radio Stories By Elisabeth Soep and Vivian Chávez

Compiled by Bill Bigelow, Bob Peterson, and Deborah Menkart
Our picks for books, websites, and other resources for social justice teaching