Shorter School Year

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If Gov. Bob Riley's tax plan fails next week, state Senator Gerald Dial plans to ask the Legislature to allow school systems to shorten the school year by five weeks.

Dial, a Lineville Democrat, said yesterday that state law now requires school systems to hold classes for 175 days annually to get their full state funding.

He will introduce legislation in a special session later this month that would allow financially troubled systems to cut their schedules to 150 days and still get all of their state funding.