20 years ago...
[Sept. 8, 1982]
Teachers’ unions predict a record number of teacher layoffs—up to 55,000— because of enrollment declines and federal-aid cuts. An independent survey, however, puts the figure at 6,500.
- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that school districts must pay transportation costs for private school students.
- The superintendent of the Fayette County, Ky., schools shuts down an arcade at Tates Creek High School that had featured the popular video games Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.
10 years ago...
[Sept. 9, 1992]
- President George Bush, campaigning for a second term against Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, makes school choice the centerpiece of his education agenda.
- Hurricane Andrew wreaks hundreds of millions of dollars in damage on schools in southern Florida and Louisiana, delaying the start of some classes in Miami-Dade County by several weeks.
- The number of computers in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools tops 2.5 million.