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The mission of Penn GSE’s Perspectives on Urban Education journal is to provide an interactive forum to investigate critical issues in urban education. The purpose of a graduate student-run electronic journal format is to provide a vehicle for fostering conversations about the complexities of urban education among practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and graduate students, groups who often work in isolation from each other. We imagine that the larger community interested in these issues will use the format to provide scholarship, commentary, and critique essential for investigating critical issues in urban education. We hope that the potential for dialogue through an electronic journal will lead to increased cooperation and understanding among all those concerned about urban education.

We encourage graduate students, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers to publish studies in progress, as well as findings from completed research. We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics related to urban education and urban schooling. Periodically, we also devote special issues to important themes. In each issue, we aim to include feature-length articles, shorter reports of studies in progress, reviews, commentaries, and opportunities to share comments and questions on the publications. We welcome additional suggestions regarding the use of this electronic format, and for submissions that creatively reimagine what it means to publish critical work on urban education.