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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.

  • 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.

Vol. 22, Issue 20, Page 6

Published in Print: January 29, 2003, as Retrospective

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