20 YEARS AGO ... June 15, 1983
- A panel of business executives appointed by President Reagan to find ways of cutting government costs concludes that the U.S. Department of Education is "top heavy" with mangers. The agency should be decentralized, the panel says, to improve its efficiency and to help solve a serious morale problem among its junior staff members.
- President Reagan meets for the first time in his administration with officials from four principal public education organizations, but the meeting is most notable for the absence of a representative of the nation's largest teachers' union.
- A task force of the Southern Regional Education Board issues a 20-point program designed to foster further educational improvement in the region, with merit pay for outstanding teachers as one of its key recommendations.
10 YEARS AGO ... June 16, 1993
- The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that school districts must give religious groups the same access to school facilitiesafter hours afforded to other community organizations. The case involves a New York district that denied an evangelical Christian group permission to screen a film series in a school auditorium.
- After a 2½-year drive by educators, politicians, and the business community to produce a comprehensive bill on education reform, the Massachusetts legislature gives final approval to an initiative that backers say will radically alter the state's public schools.
- As scientists debate the nature and severity of such environmental conditions as ozone depletion and global warming, critics—including some environmentalists—question the accuracy and ideological slant of the environmental education offered in U.S. classrooms.
Vol. 22, Issue 40, Page 6Published in Print: June 11, 2003, as Retrospective