Monthly Archives: May 2013

Plano Super Speller Finishes National Bee Inside Top Ten


It took ten rounds to stump Plano eighth grader Chetan Reddy. He had no trouble in the first few rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship final, but in Round 10, the word kaburi (a type of land crab) tripped him up. He exited the stage to a standing ovation.Chetan finished the Bee tied for seventh place. Arvind Mahankali from New York won the title with the word knaidel.

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How This Year’s Legislature Changed Texas Schools


Many Texas lawmakers said their top priority for the legislative session that just ended was to improve public education.  So what did they accomplish?As part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, three North Texas legislators came to our studios to talk education: Rep. Helen Giddings, a Dallas Democrat; Rep. Diane Patrick, an Arlington Republican, and Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican.

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Are You Smarter Than A Scripps Speller?


The answer for most of us? Probably not. There are 42 competitors still standing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. One of them is Plano eighth grader Chetan Reddy.This year, spellers have to be masters of phonetics, but for the first time ever they have to know what words mean too. So here’s your chance to see how you stack up against the semifinalists based on the vocabulary questions they tackled Wednesday.

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For Scripps Bee Super Speller, ABC Is Easy As 1,2,3…4


Chetan Reddy is the grizzled veteran of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which starts today in Washington, D.C. Only this grizzled veteran is just an 8th grader.Chetan, who lives in Plano, is making his fourth straight appearance in the national contest -- and it’ll be his last one, because next year he’ll be too old. So he's determined to retire with trophy in hand.

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Dallas ISD Cancels After-School Activities, Other Districts Updating Parents


Update, 3:59 p.m.: Rockwall ISD's buses for secondary school students will be delayed up to 45 minutes.Update, 3:48 p.m.: Mesquite ISD will release its high school students at 4 p.m.; buses running 30 minutes later than normally scheduled. Update, 3:45 p.m.: Plano ISD says most activities will continues as schedule but asks parents to check with their students' individual campuses.

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