Anna Quindlen has an interesting article in this week's Newsweek. A high school teacher attended the Freedom Writers' conference in California last summer. She was excited about how Erin Gruwell had used reading and writing to open up the world for her students, and wondered if it might do the same for her own students, who came from similar backgrounds. She purchased copies of the book, but then was told that she had to wait for district approval to use the book. Approval was slow in coming, so she forged ahead, and was fired.
I haven't quite worked up to links yet (soon!) but you can cut and paste this to read the article yourself.