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An education center for high school students and adults will open this month in the Mall of America, the Bloomington, Minn., shopping center that is said to be the nation's largest.

Five Twin Cities-area school districts and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul will offer classes at the mall by Feb. 14. The center's seven classrooms and two computer labs will open in space donated by the mall near the Bloomingdale's department store.

Before the mall opened in 1992, the school districts--Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Richfield, and St. Louis Park--had proposed a school encompassing early childhood through adult education. A lack of funds has delayed parts of the plan, officials have said. (See Education Week, Oct. 9, 1991.)

Smaller Classes: The San Diego school board last week voted 3 to 2 to reduce class size in grades 1 and 2 to 25.5 students per teacher.

The action will add 123 teaching positions at a cost of $6.2 million for next school year.

Currently, classes up to grade 3 have as many as 32 students.

The board had been considering a plan that would have also reduced class size in 3rd grade, but it would have required the elimination of elementary preparation-time teachers. Such a change would have had to be negotiated with the San Diego Teachers Association, which was opposed to the move. (See Education Week, Jan. 19, 1994.)

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