20 YEARS AGO ... FEB 2, 1983
- President Reagan introduces a four-part plan in his State of
the Union Address "to revitalize education." Elements include
upgrading math and science instruction, providing parents with
incentives to set up college-savings plans, establishing tuition tax
credits for parents to send their children to private schools, and
passing a constitutional amendment permitting school prayer.
- Central-city school districts have become increasingly black and Hispanic during the past 15 years despite mandatory or voluntary desegregation efforts, says a study by University of Chicago political scientist Gary Orfield. Substantial progress, however, has been made in big-city districts that incorporate within their boundaries what would be considered suburbia.
- New York state education officials explore the concept of putting 4-year-olds in school and phasing out the 12th grade. They cite projected high school teacher shortages and college-faculty surpluses among the reasons for considering such a move.
- A coalition of education groups unveils a 570-page document describing what principals should know and be able to do. Because of changes in the school environment, "40 percent to 50 percent of what principals do they probably weren't doing 20 years ago," yet preparation programs continue to train in that fashion, said Scott D. Thomson, the executive secretary of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.
- District officials in New York City revise the "Children of the Rainbow" curriculum that unleashed a flurry of criticism because of its inclusion of families headed by homosexuals. Among the changes in the course materials for 1st graders are replacing references to "lesbian/gay families" with "same gender couples" and scrapping the suggested use of the book Heather Has Two Mommies.
- The governing body for high school sports in Minnesota becomes the first in the nation to authorize interscholastic athletics for students with disabilities.
Vol. 22, Issue 20, Page 6Published in Print: January 29, 2003, as Retrospective