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Cracking the Tests
If at first you don’t succeed, try something else
author image The author tries and tries to pass her Regents: She hires a tutor, she adjusts her medication, she applies for an IEP. Finally she finds the right supports to pass and graduate.

In middle school I passed all my classes and did all of my work. Math, however, was always a challenge. I couldn’t maintain the formulas and numbers in my head when the time came for testing... [more]

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My IEP Has Me Headed to College 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. [more]
Clinton or Trump Which presidential candidate will do the most to improve our country's education system? Nyasia looks at Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's positions. [more]
The Poor Don’t Choose to Be Poor Jazmine connects bell hooks' insights on class and race to what she sees around her and suggests ways for poor people of color to organize. [more]
Trump: A Dangerous Radical Victor points out that likely presidential nominee Donald Trump plays on Americans' fear of ISIS in his attacks on immigrants. But he is an extremist who incites violence. [more]
Not Just a ‘Tomboy Phase’ Chris, born Tia, never liked dressing or acting like a girl. At an LGBTQ meeting, he meets other transgender youth and realizes who he is. [more]
The Best Mom I Can Be Hollie's mother dies from her alcoholism about a year before Hollie has a son. Hollie is determined to be a better mother herself. [more]
My Foster Mother Is a Role Model Ashley loves her foster parents, who are generous, supportive, and open. She interviews her foster mother about raising foster teens, and how foster care could be improved. [more]
Getting My Self Back The author is forced by her mother and stepfather to be the maid and nanny to her younger half-siblings. In kinship care, she's allowed to be a child again. [more]
The Fairest of Them All Jessica experiences racism and internalizes it. A natural hair blog and a growing understanding of society help her see that black is beautiful. [more]
Violence Against Women Hande looks at recent news reports of sexual violence in her home country, Turkey, and explores what's behind men's desire to dominate and control women. [more]
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