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Volume 31 Number 1

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Free When They Tried to Steal Our Classrooms

By Amy Lindahl

Teachers learn that the district’s plan for a desperately needed school renovation is based on “100 percent utilization”— teachers will rotate through classrooms, losing the home bases students depend on. They organize to change the plan.


Free What Happened to Spanish? How high-stakes tests doomed biliteracy at my school

By Grace Cornell Gonzales

A 3rd-grade bilingual teacher describes how administrators’ anxiety about standardized test results erodes both a school’s commitment to Spanish literacy and students’ love for learning.

Free ¿Qué le pasó al español? Cómo fue que las pruebas de alta exigencia condenaron a la educación bilingüe en mi escuela

Por Grace Cornell Gonzales | Traducido por Vanesa Ortiz Solís

Una maestra bilingüe describe cómo la ansiedad que sienten los administradores escolares con respecto a los resultados de los exámenes estandarizados disminuye el compromiso de la escuela con el desarrollo de la lectoescritura en español y el amor de los estudiantes por el aprendizaje.

Passion Counts: The “I Love” Admissions Essay

By Linda Christensen

Seniors write admissions essays based on something they feel passionate about, discovering at the same time that they are “college material.”

Space for Young Black Women: An Interview with Candice Valenzuela

By Jody Sokolower

The story of the development, challenges, and successes of a support group for Black girls at an Oakland, California, high school.

Free Who’s Stealing Our Jobs? NAFTA and xenophobia

By Tom McKenna

As a way to deal with racial tensions between his Black and Latina/o students, a high school teacher examines the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Free My So-Called Public School: School foundations and the myth of funding equity

By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

A teacher uses her own school to illustrate how school foundations perpetuate inequality within districts and states.

FreeLead Poisoning: Bringing Social Justice to Chemistry

By Karen Zaccor

Building on the lead-poisoned water scandal in Flint, Michigan, a Chicago chemistry teacher helps her students explore lead poisoning in their own city.

Ebola: Teaching Science, Race, and the Media

By Alexa Schindel and Sara Tolbert

Two teacher educators encourage their students to think about the impact of racial and colonial biases on media coverage of science issues—and on scientists.


Free Editorials

Racism, Xenophobia, and the Election

Fighting to Teach Climate Justice

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

Free Education Action

Mexican Teachers Fight Corporate Reform

Free Resources

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources.

Free Good Stuff

Saul Alinsky Lives!

By Matt Alexander

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