Scholastic Student Voters Pick George W. Bush to Win Presidential Election

Bush Wins With 54% Over 41% for Gore;

More than 660,000 Students Nationwide Participate in Poll That Consistently

Chooses Winning Candidates for President



Oct 19, 2000, 01:00 ET from Scholastic Inc.

    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic Inc. (Nasdaq:   SCHL), the
 global children's media and publishing company, today announced the results of
 its Kids Speak Out Election 2000 Campaign Presidential Poll.  More than
 660,000 students from across the country in first through twelfth grades
 participated in the poll, choosing Republican George W. Bush to be the next
 President of the United States.
     Governor Bush received 357,847 votes, or 54 percent of the total.  The
 Democratic contender, Vice President Al Gore, received 276,898 votes, or
 41 percent.  Only 26,736 students, comprising 4 percent of the total, voted
 for other candidates.  Scholastic student polls have chosen winning candidates
 for President in the last nine elections.
 
     The poll's major findings are as follows:
 
     -- Among male students, Governor Bush received 56 percent of the vote.
        Vice President Gore received 38 percent, and other candidates received
        the balance of the vote.
     -- Among female students, Governor Bush received 56 percent, Vice
        President Gore received 40 percent, and other candidates received the
        balance of the vote.
     -- Governor Bush carried every grade, with a high of 62 percent from
        fourth grade voters.  Vice President Gore's best showing -- 39 percent
        -- was from fifth and seventh graders.
     -- Governor Bush carried every state and territory in the U.S., with the
        exception of Connecticut, Guam, New York and Rhode Island.
 
     Students from across the country voted through the company's web site,
 http://www.scholastic.com/newszone, as well as through its classroom
 magazines, including Scholastic News(R), Junior Scholastic(R) and The New York
 Times Upfront(TM).
     Scholastic hosts the Kids Speak Out Campaign to actively involve children
 in the political process.  In addition to providing students an opportunity to
 voice their opinions on Election 2000, Scholastic's Youth Reporters have been
 covering both party's primaries and conventions, the debates, and the general
 election.
     "By giving children a voice in the elections and an opportunity to
 participate, we help get them interested in democracy.  This helps build a
 strong foundation of leadership and community involvement in the citizens of
 tomorrow," said David Goddy, vice president and editor-in-chief of Scholastic
 Classroom Magazines.
     For more than 50 years, Scholastic's student presidential election polls
 have been a predictor of the general election with one exception:  in 1960,
 the majority of students chose Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy.
     Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company, creates
 and distributes innovative and quality educational materials for use in school
 -- textbooks, magazines, technology and teacher materials -- and engaging and
 appropriate products for use at home -- books, magazines, software, television
 programming, videos and toys.  Building long-term relationships with teachers,
 parents, and children since 1920, Scholastic is unique in its understanding of
 what kids want and need.  The Company is the world leader in children's book
 clubs and book fairs, where children purchase books and software for their use
 at home.  Scholastic recently acquired Grolier Inc., the leading print and
 online publisher of reference products and the leading operator of direct-to-
 home book clubs.  Internationally, Scholastic operates wholly owned companies
 in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia,
 Mexico, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the
 United Kingdom.
 
 

SOURCE Scholastic Inc.
    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic Inc. (Nasdaq:   SCHL), the
 global children's media and publishing company, today announced the results of
 its Kids Speak Out Election 2000 Campaign Presidential Poll.  More than
 660,000 students from across the country in first through twelfth grades
 participated in the poll, choosing Republican George W. Bush to be the next
 President of the United States.
     Governor Bush received 357,847 votes, or 54 percent of the total.  The
 Democratic contender, Vice President Al Gore, received 276,898 votes, or
 41 percent.  Only 26,736 students, comprising 4 percent of the total, voted
 for other candidates.  Scholastic student polls have chosen winning candidates
 for President in the last nine elections.
 
     The poll's major findings are as follows:
 
     -- Among male students, Governor Bush received 56 percent of the vote.
        Vice President Gore received 38 percent, and other candidates received
        the balance of the vote.
     -- Among female students, Governor Bush received 56 percent, Vice
        President Gore received 40 percent, and other candidates received the
        balance of the vote.
     -- Governor Bush carried every grade, with a high of 62 percent from
        fourth grade voters.  Vice President Gore's best showing -- 39 percent
        -- was from fifth and seventh graders.
     -- Governor Bush carried every state and territory in the U.S., with the
        exception of Connecticut, Guam, New York and Rhode Island.
 
     Students from across the country voted through the company's web site,
 http://www.scholastic.com/newszone, as well as through its classroom
 magazines, including Scholastic News(R), Junior Scholastic(R) and The New York
 Times Upfront(TM).
     Scholastic hosts the Kids Speak Out Campaign to actively involve children
 in the political process.  In addition to providing students an opportunity to
 voice their opinions on Election 2000, Scholastic's Youth Reporters have been
 covering both party's primaries and conventions, the debates, and the general
 election.
     "By giving children a voice in the elections and an opportunity to
 participate, we help get them interested in democracy.  This helps build a
 strong foundation of leadership and community involvement in the citizens of
 tomorrow," said David Goddy, vice president and editor-in-chief of Scholastic
 Classroom Magazines.
     For more than 50 years, Scholastic's student presidential election polls
 have been a predictor of the general election with one exception:  in 1960,
 the majority of students chose Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy.
     Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company, creates
 and distributes innovative and quality educational materials for use in school
 -- textbooks, magazines, technology and teacher materials -- and engaging and
 appropriate products for use at home -- books, magazines, software, television
 programming, videos and toys.  Building long-term relationships with teachers,
 parents, and children since 1920, Scholastic is unique in its understanding of
 what kids want and need.  The Company is the world leader in children's book
 clubs and book fairs, where children purchase books and software for their use
 at home.  Scholastic recently acquired Grolier Inc., the leading print and
 online publisher of reference products and the leading operator of direct-to-
 home book clubs.  Internationally, Scholastic operates wholly owned companies
 in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia,
 Mexico, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the
 United Kingdom.
 
 SOURCE  Scholastic Inc.