At the beginning of August 2009, after about 9 months of court hearings, the teacher and the school’s sides have basically submitted all documents in terms of evidence.
Upcoming is the testimonies, which will likely reiterate each side’s points.
So, the judge has stepped in to make a recommendation based on the evidence so far. Judges tend to do this when it is foreseeable that the case is headed in a certain direction, in order to save everyone’s time. It a recommendation that the teacher finds quite interesting.
Once the two sides meet to discuss agreeing to this or not, an update, perhaps with more detail, will be posted.