The school board and teachers’ union reached an agreement on the 1975-1976 contract after weeks of tense negotiation, the terms of the contract dictating that the forty-five certified employees to be dismissed for economy reasons would no longer face dismissal and that teacher raises up to 6.5% would be allowed, but not guaranteed. The contract passed with overwhelming approval: “Berkeley Federation of Teachers–131 yes, 10 no, 2 write-in; Berkeley Teachers Association–95 yes, 17 no, and 15 write-ins; Berkeley Pupil Personnel Association–32 yes, 1 no; unaffiliated–12 yes, 1 no.”