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April 30, 2003 1 min read
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20 YEARS AGO ... May 4, 1983

  • With two months to go before their deadline, 70 percent of school districts nationwide have completed asbestos inspections of their buildings, an official of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official tells a House subcommittee. Testimony from others, though, suggests wide variation in compliance.

  • Most students have high ambitions for postsecondary study and careers, but lack the guidance needed to reach those goals, a study of 5,000 Indiana public school students, parents, and school counselors finds. Overall, it suggests, students and their parents tended to have little understanding of college-entrance requirements, job opportunities, and other crucial factors.
  • Special educators seek to clarify their role in the school reform movement during a three-day national conference in Washington. Questions dominating the sessions conference included: How can students with disabilities be fully included in classrooms? Where does special education fit into the national movement to set high academic standards? And, do those two goals conflict?

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