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A lawsuit filed against Rochester's mentor-teacher program by school administrators has been dismissed by the appellate division of the State Supreme Court of New York.

A component of the city's nationally acclaimed school-reform effort, the program enables veteran teachers to coach both first-year teachers and tenured teachers who are experiencing difficulties.

Administrators had complained that the program violated state regulations and impinged on their own job responsibilities. (See Education Week, June 24, 1987.)

The court ruled late last month that the Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester failed to show that the Peer Assistance and Review Program either violated state law or limited the duty of administrators to evaluate teachers.

The Savannah-Chatham County, Ga., school board has agreed to encourage more mixing between magnet and non-magnet students who share school buildings.

The policy is part of an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department that will end the department's challenge to the district's new desegregation plan. (See Education Week, June 22, 1988.)

The stipulation filed with U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield last week also requires the district to encourage minority students to transfer to six predominantly white schools.

The order establishing the desegregation plan also has been appealed on a wide range of issues by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The state of Missouri and the Kansas City school district must refund all of an income-tax surcharge that was collected to help defray the district's desegregation expenses, a federal judge ruled this month.

U.S. District Judge Russell G. Clark gave the state 120 days to refund the $31 million collected before the surcharge was ruled unconstitutional last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. (See Education Week, Sept. 7, 1988.)

Judge Clark also reiterated the 8th Circuit's ruling that the state would be responsible for covering all desegregation expenses that the district could not afford, and ordered the state to set aside an additional $5.5 million in its desegregation fund for this purpose.

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