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20 years ago ...

MARCH 23, 1983

  • A federal district court judge orders the Reagan administration to comply with a 6-year-old court order on how the federal government handles civil rights complaints against schools and colleges. The court also orders the U.S. Education and Labor Departments to speed up standing investigations of race, sex, and handicap bias in schools, and to regularly update the court on enforcement activities.
  • California state schools Superintendent Bill Honig proposes spending nearly $1 billion over five years on education reform measures that include statewide high school graduation requirements, a longer school day, and higher salaries for starting teachers.
  • The Dallas school system launches the "Special Thrust" recruitment program to hire more than 300 bilingual education teachers. The initiative will rely on the recruiting efforts of the 21-person program staff, and a budget of $50,000—much of which is for advertising.

10 years ago ...

MARCH 24, 1993

  • Gaps in the quality and availability of child care are jeopardizing the optimal development and educational futures of young children, warns a 68-page report by the Committee for Economic Development, a business-backed group based in New York City.
  • Hoping to raise the achievement of young black males, the school district serving Savannah and Chatham County, Ga., joins a handful of other districts nationwide by agreeing to pilot-test separate classrooms for African- American boys, taught by black male teachers.

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