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Curriculum eases transition for Spanish-speaking students.

A curriculum from Mexico has come to Palm Beach County Fla. classrooms this year, thanks to a cooperative program with Mexico's Education Ministry to enable Spanish-speaking students in the county to take more than 600 courses in their native language. Lessons in math, reading, social studies and science are provided on DVDs and through satellite hookups, and the content is also offered to Hispanic family members.

Palm Beach administrators believe that the program will benefit many of the nearly 19,300 children enrolled in classes in English for speakers of other languages, and the district is aligning the Mexican curriculum with state and local standards. "This is a great service for our kids," says Margarita Pinkos, a senior policy adviser for the U.S. Department of Education, and "hopefully we can disseminate it throughout the country."

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Title Annotation:Curriculum Update
Author:Dyrli, Odvard Egil
Publication:District Administration
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1MEX
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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