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20 YEARS AGO ... June 8, 1983

  • The nation's highest court rules that the U.S. Department of Education has the right to recover $1.45 million in Title I funds allegedly misspent by New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The ruling may affect other states, as well as additional federal grant programs.
  • Education is shaping up as a divisive issue for the 1984 presidential election, as Republicans and Democrats take opposing positions on how to remedy the widespread school "mediocrity" alleged in the recent report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education.

10 YEARS AGO ... June 9, 1993

  • An ambitious plan to decentralize the Los Angeles public school system faces opposition from the district's teachers' union. The plan by the Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now, or LEARN, is highlighting internal union divisions over altering the work rules that constrain how schools operate.
  • Struggling to balance their 1993-94 budgets, several large urban districts are notifying employees that they may lose their jobs. Although such layoff notices are often rescinded, the coming school year appears to be an especially lean one for many city school systems.
  • Four out of five students in grades 8-11—including 76 percent of boys—say they have been sexually harassed at school, according to the first nationally representative survey on the subject. Of the 85 percent of girls reporting harassment at least once, nearly one in three say they are sexually harassed "often."

Vol. 22, Issue 39, Page 6

Published in Print: June 4, 2003, as Retrospective

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