Richardson Cutbacks on Education

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State school Supt. Ed Richardson says the state's financial outlook for next year is so bad that some school systems may have to go to a six-hour day with only required courses.

Riley told the Governor's Commission on Education Spending that all extracurricular activities and all electives could be out in some schools. Other may offer them, but they may impose fees.

The Governor's Commission on Education Spending met for the first time Friday since the governor's $1.2 billion tax package failed. Riley told the group that the education system is facing a $285 million shortfall next year.

He wants the commission to come up with ways to cut spending rather than raise taxes. Its report is due the first week of December.