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VOUCHERS FOR ALL: Florida tried to take the lead. Now it's Utah's turn. Less than a week after the Utah House narrowly approved giving vouchers up to $3,000 to each of the the state's 512,000 public school students, the state Senate sealed the deal. Gov. Jon Huntsman has indicated he will sign the bill, creating one of the nation's most sweeping school choice programs. The Alliance for School Choice excitedly reported the news, with president Clint Bolick calling it an "historic day."

FORGET THE SKEPTICS: There are plenty of Florida education leaders who are happy as can be with Gov. Charlie Crist's budget for schools and universities, the Naples Daily News reports.

PONDERING LANGUAGE: Retaining your culture is important. But so is speaking English when living in the United States. Parents and educators in Miami's Morningside community explore how to accomplish both with language immersion programs, the Associated Press reports.

A STICKY SITUATION: Seeking to teach teens about sexually transmitted diseases, a Maryland high school tried an unusual approach: Having kids share the same piece of chewing gum. Some parents weren't too thrilled, the Washington Post reports, and now they're dealing with the fallout.

SORRY, BUT NO: Pasco County school officials met with Meadow Pointe parents and a reconvened attendance zone committee late Friday to reconsider the new boundaries splitting Sand Pine and Double Branch elementary schools in Wesley Chapel. Some parents had asked for the session, saying they were taken out of Sand Pine, which has nearly double the students it's built for, without representation. "We talked through all the issues," planning supervisor Chris Williams said. "In the end, everybody said we've drawn about as good a line as we could draw."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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