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WHITE KIDS CAN DANCE: The moves, the sounds, the look - they come from the famous Florida A&M Marching 100. The kids come from Barron Collier High School in Naples, which is 75 percent white. And boy, did they wow a recent St. Petersburg crowd, with the help of St. Petersburg native Oliver Phipps.

SCHOOL UNDERGOES METAMORPHOSIS FOR PLAY: They could have flooded Gibbs High with the 23-ton pool of water. But the play Metamorphoses depends upon the pool to tell its mythical stories. Meet John Wilder, the school's creative set designer.

FORGET SUSPENSIONS: Think positive discipline. Praise, even reward, good behavior. Get parents in on the act. That's what Los Angeles school officials are considering as a new policy, basing their concept on research done in Florida and Texas, the LA Times reports. But at least one School Board member has her doubts, saying it's one thing to write a great policy, and another to implement it.

THEY LEARN IF THEY WANT: Free schools are getting a new look from parents who have grown weary about the increasing demands for homework, testing and time on their children at public schools. The Associated Press reports about the Brooklyn Free School in New York.

DON'T SMOKE: Medical students will span the Tampa Bay area this morning to teach sixth graders what happens to your body when you use tobacco. Yes, they bring the icky pictures of a smoker's lung. A researcher on tobacco-use prevention in Latin America writes in the Tallahassee Democrat his views on why this message is so important.

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


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