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OCPS's The Growth Continues (1970-1990)

The Growth Continues (1970-1990)

The 1970s saw even more exponential growth, as more and more families and immigrants moved into Central Florida, bolstered by the development of Walt Disney World and other industries.

By 1980, the population of Orange County was about 458,000, a 33 percent increase from the previous decade. With 4,850 teachers serving 81,000 students, OCPS was the 28th-largest district in the nation. By 1987 we had climbed to 23rd on the list. 

Student using computer in 1984.The biggest change during the 1980s might be considered the expansion in use of computers and technology in all areas of the district. Document Processing Centers saved thousands of hours of secretarial work, thus saving about $500,000 per year.Computer labs were installed in middle and high schools, and students began to take classes on computer literacy. Teachers also began taking professional development courses for computer skills.
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