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Copyright 1989, Editorial Mr. Kean, who championed such initiatives as alternative certification of teachers and state takeover of "academically bankrupt" districts, has been a close adviser to President Bush on education issues. He turned down an offer of a high-level post in the Bush Administration, according to an aide, saying he wanted to serve out the remainder of his term and stay in New Jersey.

Boys in drag are a drag, Los Angeles school officials have decided.

Their decision effectively defrocks the cheerleading corps for the district's traditional "powder-puff" football games--in which girls compete to the huzzahs of male students dressed as female cheerleaders.

The new policy stems from officials' assessment, following some complaints, that the male cheerleaders' cross-dressing violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars schools from discriminating on the basis of sex.

The policy does not ban the powder-puff games themselves. But it prohibits male students from dressing as girls and "using props under their clothing which represent female anatomical features," according to a district spokesman.

Nonetheless, without the cross-dressing element the games appear to have lost much of their appeal and are being replaced by less controversial activities, the spokesman said.


After 80 hours and one minute of nonstop singing, the 18 members of Apache Junction (Ariz.) High School's choir have apparently clinched the world record for marathon singing and raised $6,500 towards their spring trip to Florida.

In the presence of officials from the Guinness Book of World Records, the choir members last month succeeded in surpassing a previous record of 78 hours and 28 minutes. The necessary papers have been submitted to Guinness, said Jack Larson, the school's principal, and the students are now awaiting official acceptance of their claim.

Although choir members were unable to do much more than whisper for a few days after the event, the community spirit it generated "was a good shot in the arm" and well worth a few exhausted vocal chords, said Mr. Larson.

Teachers, students, and parents provided a continuous audience and source of encouragement for the choir members, who periodically sought to keep themselves awake by marching around the school.

A federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a 17-year-old high-school student's attempt to expunge a secret file that the Federal Bureau of Investigation kept on his efforts to compile a 6th-grade class project.

U.S. District Judge Alfred M. Wolin ruled that confidential f.b.i. documents failed to support the claim made by Todd Patterson that the bureau's efforts to open the youth's mail and tap his family's telephone violated his First Amendment right to "seek information and correspond freely."

However, Susan Cassell, an assistant U.S. attorney, said the fbi is considering the judge's suggestion voluntarily to expunge the file "as a public-relations gesture."

The f.b.i. has acknowledged that it kept a file on Todd when he wrote to foreign embassies to collect material for a homemade encyclopedia.

Todd, currently a student at Don Bosco Preparatory School in Ramsey, N.J., has expressed concern that the file could jeopardize his chances of one day entering the diplomatic corps.

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