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Spelling bees are popular! A Lincoln, RI district that canceled its annual spelling bee drew a firestorm of denunciation, prompting the new superintendent to reinstate the bee in March. (See Education Reporter, Mar. 2005.) Nationwide, bees have expanded substantially over the past decade and have been featured in film, television, books and theater. "They're like apple pie in America," said Paige Kimble, director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The sports TV network ESPN has aired the national competition live since 1994 because of the appeal of youngsters in competition. (Associated Press, 3-15-05)

For every 100 9th-graders, only 18 graduate from college on time. Only 68 graduate from high school on time, 40 immediately enroll in college, 27 are still enrolled sophomore year, and 18 graduate from college within six years, according to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. (Education Week, 3-16-05)

Boarding school rocked by sex scandal. Milton Academy, a prestigious Massachusetts prep school, expelled five male students in February for receiving oral sex on several occasions from a 15-year-old sophomore girl. The girl was placed on administrative leave. The 200-year-old alma mater of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy costs $32,700 a year for boarders and has a 5-to-1 student-teacher ratio. (Boston Globe, 2-20-05, 3-3-05)

Students protest foreign-language Pledge. The Pledge of Allegiance was broadcast in a different foreign language each day of National Foreign Language Week in March at Old Mill High School in Millersville, MD. A 9th-grader and several other students sat down in protest, and his father pulled him out of school for the duration of the week. "It's like wearing a cross upside down in a church," said the father, Charles Linton. (Associated Press, 3-10-05)

May 2005 Education Reporter
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