Volume 13, No.1

Fall 1998

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  • Standardardized Tests

    Standardized tests #1 In 1950, Martin Luther King, Jr. took the Graduate Record Exam, a standardized test from the Educational Testing Service that is used in applying to graduate school. […]

  • Reconstituting Jefferson

    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

  • Reconstitution Trend Cools

    A national perspective on the reconstitution controversy.

  • What Happened to the Merger?

    A look at the NEA-AFT merger proposed this summer, why it didn’t happen, and where we go from here.

  • New Battlegrounds

    How voucher schools, and some charter schools, are trying to circumvent special education regulations.

  • Staying Past Wednesday

    A second-grade teacher explores the seldom-touched issues of grief and loss with her students.

  • Culturally Authentic Bias

    A teacher learns that just because a book is multicultural doesn’t mean it’s free from bias.

  • The Voucher Threat

    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

    A teacher describes how a modern fable helps him teach about the African-American struggle for identity.

  • Of Eagles and Chickens

    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.”

  • Readers Speak Out on Teachers and Unions

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

  • Lessons from the Other Side

    A community activist — now also a school board member — offers tips for parents on how to effectively approach a school board.

  • Transforming Teaching

    Milwaukee’s teacher councils provide important lessons on district wide school reform.

  • K-12 Reform Goals

    Ten goals included in a report by a curriculum reform committee in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

  • Alternatives to Retention

    “No social promotion” makes a nice soundbite but there are better ways to fix schools.”

  • Unz

    The leader of California’s attack on bilingual education is working with a group in Arizona with similar goals.

  • Resources on the Unz Initiative

    Where to call, write or Web-surf for more information on the “English for the Children” referendum.”

  • 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

    A New Jersey decision mandates extra money for low-income districts.

  • MPS Suspensions Skyrocket

    A look at suspensions in Milwaukee schools, which have gone up 30% in just a few years.

  • A Mother Speaks Out

    Tragedy strikes when schools fail to crack down on harassment of gay and lesbian kids.

  • Tinsel Town Teachers

    Why can’t Hollywood get teachers right? A look at common stereotypes about teachers on the silver screen.

  • 13.Ed-Web: Native American Websites

    Native-American Web Sites