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Issue #263 (September/October 2018) issue cover
Education (In)Equality

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Christina vividly explores her feelings surrounding the burden of being one of the only people of color in her school. (full text)

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Angie feels discriminated against when a teacher accuses her of cheating after she performs “too well” on a quiz. (full text)

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A bisexual trans boy, the writer lives as one person at home with his family, who he cannot come out to, and as another person at school with teachers and friends who are more accepting. (full text)

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Gabby writes about overcoming the disappointment of not being accepted into a specialized high school. (full text)

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During out interview with New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, he cites funneling money into poorer neighborhoods as one way to integrate schools. (full text)

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“Whenever I had some shelter for more than a day or two, it was a priority for me to go to school,” Xavier writes. “I knew getting an education was a powerful tool.” (full text)

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Ruby unpacks the many-sided issue of whether or not one standardized test should be the sole criterion for acceptance into a specialized high school. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to previous issues.

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Gang violence is frequent on the streets of Guaiba, Brazil, where Carolina is from. She visits Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), to learn how they are working to make their community safer. (full text)

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With the teen organization Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), Sashwat participates in a theater performance designed to combat violence. (full text)

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Are protests an effective tool for change? Christina examines this while reporting on an action against the administration’s zero-tolerance policy, which caused the separation of over 2,500 children from their parents or guardians at the U.S.-Mexico border. (full text)
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