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Primary Recount in Hartford Favors Opponent of EAI

A recount of the votes cast in Hartford, Conn.'s Oct. 17 school board primary elections has left the opponents of the city's school-privatization experiment with a slight edge.

Celestino Jimenez, a member of the anti-privatization Hartford Issues Committee slate, kept a one-vote lead over Aida L. Morales, an incumbent, election officials said last week. Ms. Morales has supported the city's contract with a for-profit company, Education Alternatives Inc., to manage its schools. (See Education Week, Oct. 25, 1995.)

The recount leaves six anti-EAI candidates and four supporters of the contract in the race for five open seats. Opponents of the contract are thus ensured at least one additional seat on the Hartford board, which currently is split 7-2 in favor of the city's agreement with Minneapolis-based EAI.

Contract Agreement

Teachers in Providence, R.I., have agreed to a one-year contract that provides a new health-care plan and freezes teachers' salary schedules at the current level.

The Oct. 24 vote followed an initial agreement on the pact by the chief negotiators the previous week. The school board and the City Council are expected to approve the contract for the city's 1,588 teachers.

The agreement ended a labor dispute that resulted in a teachers' strike in September. (See Education Week, Sept. 13, 1995.)

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