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A settlement has been reached that will enable Chicago teachers to receive pay raises approved by the state legislature.

Next month, the teachers are expected to )eive $15 million in pay raises, retroactive to Nov. 5, 1990. Other public-school employees are also slated to receive retroative pay.

In January, the legislature approved a plan that shifted pension funds into salaries. The Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago, however, sued on the grounds that it was illegal to tion Week, Sept. 5, 1990.)

"With this agreement, we are able to bothprotect the interests of our pensioners andfind a creative solution to the problem of providing fair compensation to our teachers," Superintendent of Schools Ted D. Kimbrough said in announcing the settlementthis month.

Still pending is the approval of the School Finance Authority, which must act on thedistrict's updated budget incorporating the funds.

Black parents in Boston have asked afederal court to reopen the school dis)% trict's long-running desegregation suitdue to the district's admitted failure to meet budget and racial-hiring goals.5

U.S. District Judge W. Arthur Garrity is sued final orders in the case last May. (See Education Week, May 30, 1990. Larry Faison, a school-district spokes man, said the school system "did not make the necessary progress" for full compliance with the court order.0

In the orders, the court directed that the school system should spend $13.5 million

  • for maintenance and related school im provements, Mr. Faison said. The district , was able to budget only $11.7 million for - this purpose, he said. .

Under terms of an affirmative-action plan approved by the court, the district is to reach a level of 25 percent black and 10 per cent other minorities in its workforce of teachers and administrators.)3

Currently, Mr. Faison said, of the 4,361 teachers in the Boston schools, 65.4 percent 5 are white, 23.9 percent are black, and 10.6 )6 percent are of other minorities.School officials are preparing a response )8 to the request to reopen the case, he said.

Public schools do not have to pay for; a speech interpreter for a deaf student attending a private Christian school, a federal appeals court has ruled.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held this )0 month that the Stafford County, Va., schooldistrict need not provide an interpreter for )

12-year\old Matthew Goodall, whose par 2 ents had voluntarily placed him in the L)9 Christian school. School officials had earli)offered a speech interpreter when Mat thew was in a local public school.

Matthew's parents filed suit, charging that federal special-education law requiresschool officials to continue to provide their )
son with interpretive services even thoughhe left the public system. (See Education Week, Jan. 10, 1990.)

The appeals court upheld a district-court terpreter to help the child understand religious teachings would violate the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion.

"The religious content of the cued speech aid provided at Fredericksburg Christian School would be pervasive," the opinion said. "Religion permeates every aspect of the daily curriculum."

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