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Washington State and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees say they plan to attempt to negotiate a settlement in the landmark "comparable-worth" case that is on appeal.

In the case, U.S. District Judge Jack E. Tanner in 1983 ruled that Washington was guilty of sex-based wage discrimination and awarded back pay and substantial pay increases to more than 14,000 women employees. (See Education Week, Sept. 28 and Nov. 23, 1983.)

It was estimated that the compensation could amount to as much as $1 billion. Gov. Booth Gardner has said a negotiated settlement could save the state millions of dollars. Negotiations are to begin early next month.

A federal judge in Indiana has declined to rule on whether a 13-year-old boy who has acquired immune deficiency syndrome should be allowed to return to school.

U.S. District Judge James Noland instead ordered the boy, Ryan White, and his family to pursue administrative remedies set forth under Indiana law, according to Charles R. Vaughan, the boy's lawyer.

Ryan, a hemophiliac, contracted the disease in December through a blood-clotting agent used to control his bleeding. The case, thought to be the first legal test of the educational rights of students with aids, was filed earlier this month after the school district barred Ryan from school. (See Education Week, Aug. 21, 1985.)

After the ruling, Mr. Vaughan asked the district to appoint a hearing officer to consider Ryan's case. If the officer rules against Ryan, he said, the case will go before the school board. If it remains unresolved, it will revert to federal district court.

The adolescent-parenting program at Groveton High School in suburban Fairfax County, Va., has been squeezed out as a result of the merging of two schools, Groveton and Fort Hunt High School.

The program, said to be one of the few nationally to offer comprehensive in-school day-care services for the infants of students, represented an "enlightened" strategy for dealing with the problems of young parents, according to some experts. (See Education Week, June 6, 1984.)

According to Beatrice Cameron, an assistant superintendent in Fairfax, the teen-age parents have the choice of attending another school in which the parenting course will be taught, or any of the county's other high schools. In addition, school officials are working with county of-ficials to find day care for the young mothers.

As for the future of the on-campus day-care program, Ms. Cameron said: "We're doing an evaluation of the Groveton model and then we'll determine whether there are alternative models to meet the needs" of teen-age parents.

The U.S. Education Department has announced the final two winners of five-year contracts to operate regional educational laboratories.

The Network Inc. of Andover, Mass., received a $9.36-million award from the department's National Institute of Education to operate the laboratory for the Northeastern region, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the Virgin Islands.

The $12.28-million award for the Western region, which includes Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah, went to the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development of San Francisco.

The department announced the winners of six of the lab contracts on July 30, but postponed the awarding of contracts for the Northeastern and Western regional labs because of exceptionally close competition. A contract for a ninth laboratory was awarded in September 1984. (See Education Week, Aug. 21, 1985.)

Vol. 04, Issue 42

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