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A New Jersey superior-court judge has sentenced 115 teachers who illegally walked off their jobs in Lyndhurst last March to 18 hours of community service.

Judge Peter Ciolino also sentenced 11 secretaries and 15 custodians who honored the teachers' picket line to 12 hours of service.

Superior Court Judge Paul R. Huot had earlier handed out three-day jail sentences to the teachers and two-day sentences to the other employees for conducting the six-day walkout in defiance of his back-to-work order.

But a state appellate court, agreeing with lawyers for the Lyndhurst Education Association that those sentences were excessive, ordered the superior court to substitute community service for the jail terms. (See Education Week, Aug. 5, 1987.)

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