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Mr. Sleeman received a two-year prison sentence and was ordered to pay $8,425 in restitution to the state's largest district and perform 1,000 hours of community service.

Several other administrators and teachers lost their state certification either temporarily or permanently as a result of the scandal.

The settlement was announced shortly before the district's civil suit against the 15 defendants was scheduled to begin.

Including the settlement, the district has received a total of $525,000 in compensation to date, far less than the $2 million it lost. It has spent an estimated $900,000 on fees for the auditors and lawyers who unraveled the scandal.

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Education Week
Volume 10, Issue 23, February 27, 1991, p 3

Copyright 1991, Editorial Projects in Education, Inc.

A Georgia dairy company that allegedly conspired to fix school-milk prices will pay the state $625,000 under a tentative settlement approved by the firm and the state attorney general.

George Shingler, an assistant attorney general, said that the agreement with Coble Dairy Products Cooperative Inc., a firm based in Lexington, N.C., likely will be followed by agreements with some of the other 12 companies named in a state suit in October 1989. (See Education Week, Oct. 18, 1989.)

In addition to the cash settlement, the dairy agreed not to contest the state's civil suit against 12 dairies, now pending in federal court.

The state agreed not to file criminal charges against the firm and not to bar it from competing for future school-milk contracts. The firm has done extensive business with schools in the northern part of the state.

The dairy's offer still must be approved by its board of directors.

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Education Week
Volume 10, Issue 23, February 27, 1991, p 3

Copyright 1991, Editorial Projects in Education, Inc.

The St. Louis Teachers Union has asked a federal appeals court to overturn a decision granting control of vocational-education programs in the area to the suburban Special School District.

U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh ruled last month that the city's efforts in providing vocational education have not worked well, and that beginning next fall the city must relinquish its control over the programs to the special district. (See Education Week, Jan. 30, 1991.)

The local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers termed the judge's decision educationally unsound and said it was an effort "to dismantle the St. Louis public schools piece by piece."

The union local filed the appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Officials of the St. Louis Teachers Association, the local affiliate of the National Education Association, were unavailable for comment on the appeal last week. The district has not yet decided whether to appeal the decision.

Vol. 10, Issue 23

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