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20 years ago ... Oct. 27, 1982

• Twenty-three New York state school districts ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower-court decision on school finance that some districts contend exacerbates the disparities between property-rich and property-poor districts.

• The Hawaii Supreme Court upholds the state education department's authority to license religiously affiliated schools, rejecting the argument that such power infringed on the schools' religious freedom.

• The Oakland, Calif., school board unanimously rejects a curriculum prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that purportedly outlines how to survive a nuclear attack.

10 years ago ...October 28, 1992

• The Wisconsin attorney general rules that school nicknames that have Native American themes could violate the state's anti-discrimination laws, and that the state education department has the authority to decide which names are not acceptable.

• A Japanese foreign-exchange student who understands little English is shot to death near Baton Rouge, La., by a neighbor when the student fails to understand a command to "freeze."

• Despite the filmmaker Spike Lee's suggestion that students skip school to see the premiere of a new biographical movie about Malcolm X, Attallah Shabazz, the slain leader's eldest daughter, urges students not to do so.

Vol. 22, Issue 8, Page 6

Published in Print: October 23, 2002, as Retrospective

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