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Teachers in Beverly Hills, Calif., spurred in part by pledges of $600,000 from parents in the wealthy community, have ended the first strike in their history.

The school district and the Beverly Hills Education Association agreed Nov. 1 to a contract that will give teachers 12 percent raises over two years. The teachers' union had sought raises of 18 percent over that time period. (See Education Week, Nov. 1, 1989.)

In addition to a 5 percent raise this year, teachers are scheduled to receive 2 percent bonuses from the money contributed by parents. If voters approve a proposed land tax in June 1990, the 2 percent increase will be built into the salary schedule permanently, according to the school district.

In 1990-91, teachers will receive 7 percent raises, plus one-time bonuses from the balance of the parent contributions. If the land tax passes, they will also receive an additional 1 percent increase.

To date, a group formed during the strike called Children First has collected pledges of $400,000 for the fiscal year ending in June and $200,000 for the following year, according to a spokesman for the Beverly Hills Education Foundation.

At the request of lawyers from both sides, a federal judge has dismissed without prejudice a lawsuit filed by parents of students who claimed that their rights were violated when their scores on the Advanced Placement test were invalidated.

The Educational Testing Service had asked 79 students at Crescenta Valley High School in Los Angeles to retake ap tests in biology, U.S. history, and English language and composition after 7 students admitted cheating on them when the tests were administered last May. (See Education Week, Sept. 20, 1989.)

In agreeing to allow U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson to dismiss the case, the plaintiffs left open the possibility of filing a suit in state court to have the scores reinstated. In addition, the parents may ask the state legislature to amend the procedures for administering standardized tests in California, according to their lawyer, Michael S. Overing.

The Houston Independent School District must release portions of the college transcripts of its administrators to a Houston newspaper, a state district judge has ruled.

Judge Dan Downey ruled Nov. 3 that the district must release to the Houston Chronicle selected information from its administrators' transcripts.

The district had been fighting a lawsuit filed last year by the Chronicle after it was denied acccess to the school administrators' transcripts. The newspaper sought the records after it reported that as many as 25 administrators had received mail-order degrees from an unaccredited California university. (See Education Week, Sept. 20, 1989.)

Judge Downey ruled in September that the newspaper was entitled to the information, and appointed a master to determine which information should be released and which withheld.

The district will ask for a retrial, a school lawyer said.

San Francisco teachers have ratified an agreement that will merge the city's two teachers' unions into an organization called the United Educators of San Francisco.

In an election last week, members of the San Francisco-American Federation of Teachers and San Francisco Classroom Teachers Association voted 1,606 to 99 in favor of the merger.

The new organization was created to end 20 years of battles between the unions, each of which represented about one-third of the city's 4,000 teachers. (See Education Week, Oct. 18, 1989).

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