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Issue #269 (November/December 2019) issue cover
Making School Better

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After getting suspended, Khyron considers the punishment and makes the case for its ineffectiveness, suggesting restorative justice is more apt. (full text)

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Adrian resents people telling them that being nonbinary is something new. In fact, nonbinary people have existed—and been celebrated—by diverse cultures for ages. (full text)

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Asa tries to ignore a friend’s racist comments and behavior, but it snowballs and soon she must confront not only her “friend” but also the principal. (full text)

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How teachers can better support students of color and respond more effectively to racism in their schools. (full text)

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Zachary reports on his experience at the 2019 climate strike. He calls for young people to hold their elected representatives accountable for combating climate change. (full text)

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Caitlin struggles to make meaningful friendships until she gets support from a school counselor and her mom. (full text)

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Although Emily likes the academic rigors of her specialized high school, she struggles with the notion that she can’t pursue her artistic inclinations. (full text)

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Sydney is part of a club that makes fighting for an all-gender bathroom in their school a priority. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to previous issues. (full text)

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The author is abused and bullied, and becomes very angry. Fighting is a good release for her -- until she faces arrest. Then she learns self-control. (full text)

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After being abandoned by her father, Amber has a hard time trusting others, even a boy who tries to show her that he’s here to stay. (full text)