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20 years ago ... MARCH 16, 1983

  • President Reagan sends Congress a proposed constitutional amendment that would permit prayer in public schools. A similar measure failed to win the support of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1982.
  • Massachusetts lawmakers order a detailed audit of the state's special education program. An initial report shows that the number of students receiving such services in the Bay State is more than twice the national average.
  • Suspicions of homosexuality can be used as evidence to dismiss teachers in West Virginia, according to an opinion by the state's assistant attorney general. The opinion argues that most West Virginia communities view homosexuality as immoral, and that teachers may be fired for immorality if it affects their ability to do their work.

  • Kentucky announces that it will try to link the results of its state assessment system with those from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. "How can we assure people in Kentucky that we are not conning them?" says Edward Reidy, an assessment and accountability official for the state, which would become the first to undertake such a project.
  • President Clinton taps five people for top jobs in the U.S. Department of Education: Marshall S. Smith, Stanford University education dean; Thomas W. Payzant, San Diego schools superintendent; Judith Heumann, vice president, World Institute on Disability; Augusta Sousa Kappner, acting president, City College, New York; and Norma V. Cantu, regional counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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