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Tb_chinese_450x300_2 LEARNING IN CHINESE: Families from China have sent their Americanized children to the Tampa Bay Chinese School at USF for years, to get them speaking their native tongue. Now the school has added courses for adults, too, to meet a growing demand for language instruction in the wider community. (Times photo, Ken Helle)

SHOTS ALL AROUND: USF braces for an influx of students seeking vaccinations after being exposed to another student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

PRIVACY'S PRICE: National leaders need to better balance private student rights with public safety concerns when it comes to university students' mental health records, as the spring Virginia Tech massacre indicates, the Times editorializes.

READY TO DRIVE? Even some teens question whether they have what it takes to get behind the wheel, especially after seeing other kids lose control and die.

ACT FOR ALL: The Brevard school district might mandate that all high school juniors take the test, as a way to determine the best classes for their senior year, Florida Today reports.

MAKE IT RELEVANT: Florida's schools need to find a way to teach students civics in a realistic, meaningful way so they can make informed decisions about democracy, UF professor emeritus John P. Lustrum writes in the Tallahassee Democrat. That doesn't mean indoctrination or information regurgitation. It means looking at the underside of government, too.

TEACHERS WIN: The Palm Beach teachers union gets about $190,000 in back pay for some middle school teachers required to work an extra class period without pay, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BEATING THE ODDS: The poor and predominantly minority school in West Palm Beach was destined to earn an F from the state, according to the trends. But it turned things around to receive an A, instead, one of just six Florida schools to make such progress. The principal of Pleasant City Elementary credits people, not programs, the Palm Beach Post reports.

MORE TROUBLE FOR FAMU: The school is struggling with its finances. Its law school might lose accreditation. Now the nursing school is under investigation after a student complained to a national nursing accrediting agency about its policies, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

LANGUAGE LESSONS: A study of Denver students who are still learning English finds that the district's main program, which allows the children to get some instruction in Spanish, doesn't work well - especially for poor children, the Rocky Mountain News reports. The researchers won't say English immersion is the answer, but they are taking a closer look.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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