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Issue #256 (March/April 2017) issue cover
School Stress: How to Handle It

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Aishamanne is a fierce, informed debater of social issues and flourishes as a reporter on her high school newspaper. But she worries colleges will only judge her based on her average grades. (full text)

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The writer takes up with the “in” clique and basks in the newfound attention. But when she faces resistance from her family and her boyfriend, who miss the studious, responsible girl she was before, she reflects. (full text)

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Selena struggles in school because of the trauma of foster care -- being abused, switching homes and schools all the time. She resists an IEP, but flourishes once she has one. (full text)

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We now have a secretary of education who has no experience either personally or professionally with public schools. Damali reports on why and how this affects New York City teens. (full text)

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“I value my free time to do things I love,” says Grace. When that free time is compromised by the rigors of her junior year, she starts to stress out and her grades suffer. (full text)

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When the writer’s mom is released from prison after nine years, it takes time for the two to adjust. Although the writer remains guarded, she is open to building a closer relationship. (full text)

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Jovani’s mother dies and his father re-enters his life after a long absence. Jovani takes steps to forgive his father and build a trusting relationship with him. (full text)

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Yousef defies the stereotype that only women suffer from insecurities about their bodies. “I feel like no one realizes men can feel the same way,” he writes. (full text)

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Moving every few years is hard but moving to different countries where people speak different languages is even harder. Ruiwen figures out how to make and maintain friendships whether she’s in Germany, China, or New York. (full text)

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“Some people don’t want Syrian refugees to come here. But we need to help them,” writes Jaelyn. That 17-year-old Nujeen is also wheelchair-bound makes her journey from Syria to Germany even more dramatic. (full text)

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Teens write about an example of discrimination that bothers or affects them. (full text)

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Now that Trump is president, the Mexican-American writer, who is outraged by his hateful language about “all people who aren’t white and rich like him,” begins attending protests to make her voice heard. (full text)
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