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This issue of the Journal of Educational Controversy will mark our fifth anniversary. When I first founded the journal in 2006, no one could have imagined its phenomenal growth in just five years. I think it is a testimony to the need for a journal that would bring scholars as public intellectuals into conversation with policymakers, teachers, legislators, and an informed public around the vital educational issues of our time. This issue of the journal will also introduce to our readers the new dean of the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University --- the home of the journal. Dean Francisco Rios brings with him a vision of the public mission of schools in a democratic society and the kinds of teachers that can make that education possible. He shares that vision with us in his first published article for our journal, “The Future of Colleges of Education.”





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