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20 Years Ago ... MARCH 9, 1983

  • Over the objections of President Reagan, the U.S. House of Representatives passes a $425 million bill to upgrade math and science instruction. The president wants to limit such spending to $70 million.
  • A committee of leaders from the American Federation of Teachers, also looking into ways to improve math and science instruction, opposes the use of bonuses or salary differentials to attract high-caliber teachers. The panel says such a strategy would divide the profession.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice reports it turned up no evidence that suburban districts have contributed to the racial segregation of students in Chicago's public schools. As a result, the agency recommends that those districts not be forced to join a cross-district desegregation plan.

10 years ago ... MARCH 10, 1993

  • American College Testing unveils a system to measure students' abilities at critical transition points, beginning as early as the 8th grade. ACT designed the program to help students identify their postsecondary goals, gauge their strengths and weaknesses, and plan to meet academic and career objectives.
  • A commission appointed by Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld urges secondary schools to alter their policies, curricula, teacher training, and libraries to make schools safer for gay and lesbian students. The commission is the first official state panel in the nation to examine issues facing young homosexuals.

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