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  1. A Spelling Bee Coach On How To Spell Success
    Five spellers in this year's National Spelling Bee shared a coach: Bill Schaefer, a retired school teacher from Denver. Since he started teaching in the 1970s, he's built a community for spellers.
  2. How Some Schools Restrain Or Seclude Students: A Look At A Controversial Practice
    It's supposed to be a last resort when students pose a danger to themselves or others, but laws and policies vary widely around the country.
  3. Speeches From High School Seniors As They Say Goodbye To Classmates
    It's the time of year when high schools are saying goodbye to its seniors. And with graduation ceremonies come commencement speeches by top students.
  4. Over-Enrolled, Virginia Tech Offers Some New Students Financial Incentives To Wait
    The university is making 1,500 incoming freshmen eligible for options to delay enrollment, such as a gap year stipend. Now, students are trying to decide whether to take the offers.
  5. Former Stanford Sailing Coach Avoids Prison Time For College Admissions Scandal
    On Wednesday, former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, the first of the accused in a college admissions scandal, received two years of supervised release in sentencing, avoiding prison time.
  6. Lonnie Bunch III Takes Helm Of The Smithsonian: 'I Feel The Weight Of History'
    The founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture will become the Smithsonian Institution's first African American secretary.
  7. Former Stanford Coach Will Not Serve Prison Time For Admissions Scandal
    John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, was the first to be sentenced in the scandal. Prosecutors had called for a "meaningful" sentence to rebuild faith in the system.
  8. Dinosaurs Come Back To Life At The Smithsonian
    After five years, the exhibit reopens this month with new bones and more scientifically accurate explanations.
  9. University Of Alabama Returns $21.5 Million To Hugh Culverhouse
    NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with attorney Hugh Culverhouse, who pledged $26.5 million to the university. The $21.5 million he had given so far was returned and his name removed from the law school.
  10. University Of Alabama Releases Emails Regarding Donor's Rejected Gift
    "Our decision was never about the issue of abortion," the university said as it released emails that are from, to and about mega-donor Hugh Culverhouse Jr.
  11. Texas Valedictorian Says Her Speech Was Cut
    NPR's Scott Simon asks Rooha Haghar of Dallas, Texas, why her high school valedictory address was cut short and what she wanted to say to her classmates.
  12. 8 Student-Made Podcasts That Made Us Smile
    NPR received thousands of entries to its Student Podcast Challenge. These standout podcasts reminded us what it's like to be in middle and high school.
  13. Univ. Of Alabama Returns $21.5 Million Gift; Donor Urged Boycott Over Abortion Law
    The move comes after Hugh Culverhouse Jr. urged students and businesses to boycott Alabama over its restrictive new abortion law. The school says its rejection of the money isn't related to that law.
  14. High Schoolers Who Work At Walmart Will See A New Perk — SAT And ACT Study Help
    With a tight labor market, Walmart and other companies are adding new kinds of benefits to attract workers. Now, the giant retailer is offering to pay for prep courses for the SAT and ACT.
  15. Desperation And Broken Trust When Schools Restrain Students Or Lock Them In Rooms
    Restraint and seclusion are controversial practices in public schools. They are most often used on students with disabilities, and parents say they take an emotional toll.
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