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Still trying to update a contract that expired last August, the United Teachers of Los Angeles became an early victim of Gov. George Deukmajian's hiring freeze. The teachers' union and the school board had reached an impasse in negotiations last fall but had agreed to fact-finding, a process that requires a state fact-finder to be appointed by the state's public employee-relations board.

But the perb, caught in the hiring freeze, can't pay a fact-finder. Last week, the two sides took matters in their own hands and decided to share the cost of paying the fact-finder in the hope that the state would pick up the tab later.

The union and the school board will present their cases to the fact-finding panel, made up of the state appointee and the chief negotiators for each side, in hearings scheduled for February and March.

The Delaware Board of Education, under pressure from the state's teachers' association, has rescinded the higher teacher recertification standards it passed last September.

The new standards would have required teachers to take six college credits every five years in order to retain their teaching license.

The Delaware State Education Association had filed suit to bar implementation of the standards on the grounds that only the state legislature has the authority to rewrite certification regulations. The 5,500-member organizaiton has dropped the suit.

In most cases, the state will continue to use the current system, which provides for re-licensing of teachers who have taught in their area of certification during three of the past five school years. Only teachers who do not meet the three-year standard will be required to earn six course credits every five years.

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