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Morning Round-up February 7, 2006

Advanced Placement Tests Are Leaving Some Behind NYT
More high schools across the nation are offering Advanced Placement courses to help students get into college and get ready for its academic rigors. In the process, however, many minority students who often need help most urgently are missing out.

A positive (top) spin on education CSM
Ranging from third grade to eighth, about 30 students at Confluence Academy's Old North St. Louis campus have recently formed a new sports team, with the help of a volunteer who played competitively in China. One of her first lessons: Please don't call it ping-pong.

Publishers cater to growing use of MP3's for schoolwork CNN.com
Students are using MP3 players more to listen to downloaded books, textbook study guides and language labs on-the-go. A typical 300-page novel might take up 12 CDs, but only a tiny portion of an MP3 player's memory, and prices for audiobook downloads are mostly comparable to audio CDs.

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