Volume 10, No.3

Spring 1996

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  • Splits on the Right

    Special Report: What Do They Mean For Education?

    By Barbara Miner

    Conservatives Unite to Push Parental Rights Legislation – Listing of

  • School to Work: Problems and Potentials

    By Leon Lynn

    Two years into Milwaukee’s School to Work program, observers wonder if it will stay true to its goal of putting student learning ahead of business interests.

  • Money Matters 10.3

    It is time demand adequate and equal resources for educating our children.

  • Stop the “English-Only” Nonsense

    English-only legislation is part of a broader upsurge in anti-immigrant attitudes.

  • School Facilities at Crisis Level

    Reflections from An Old School House

    By Bob Peterson

    Substandard school facilities across the country affect millions of children. A 1995 report estimates $112 billion is needed to bring those schools up to minimal standards.

  • MPS Pays for Facilities with Money Intended for Children

    By Bob Peterson

    Three years after the defeat of a $366 million school facilities referendum, MPS is struggling to creatively finance building maintenance.

  • English-Only Proposals Gain Strength

    By Tony Baez

    English-only legislation is not new, but its resurgence is clearly connected to the growth of the conservative movement.

  • Thompson Undercuts Finance Equity

    By Phyllis Sides

    Wisconsin’s new property tax relief plan created a new formula for school funding – one that will increase inequities between affluent and poorer school districts.

  • Why Is School Finance Equity Such an Elusive Goal?

    By James G. Ward

    There are two stories to tell of school finance reform and the decades-old struggle to achieve funding equity. The bleak one is probably closer to the truth.

  • The Courage of Our Contradictions

    Progressive educators work with charter schools

    By Eric Rofes

    While charters have been championed by conservatives, charter schools may provide progressive educators with the opportunity to create innovative, high-quality public education.

  • One Charter School’s Story

    Jingletown Parents, Teachers Organize

    By Tamara Prevost & Margarita Jimenez-Silva

    The teachers and working-class Latino parents at Jingletown, a charter junior high school, organize and negotiate.

  • Milwaukee Voucher Schools Close

    By Barbara Miner

    Mid-year closings leave students stranded, public concerned.

  • Madison Students Protest Sale of Pizza Hut at School

    By David Levine

    In an act of international solidarity, students protested the sale of Pizza Hut pizza in their school cafeteria.

  • Creating Fiction and Mapping Morality

    By Linda Christensen

    The stories in A Call to Character, ed. by Colin Greer and Herbert Kohl, are a progressive answer to William Bennett’s Book of Virtues and a wonderful source of teaching ideas.