"Glitches" Mean Fewer State-paid Teaching Jobs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Education officials say there might be
fewer state-paid teacher units in Alabama next school year than
previously thought but funds from the economic stimulus package
should cover them.

State Superintendent Joe Morton and Gov. Bob Riley announced earlier this week that nearly 3,800 jobs would be spared for two years thanks to the federal money.

But Morton told state school board members at a Thursday work session that there have been glitches in the way some of the stimulus language was interpreted.

Assistant finance superintendent Craig Pouncey said local school systems will have to use stimulus money to pay for about 400 jobs
that were previously anticipated to be funded by the state.

Officials hope to spare the jobs by cobbling together about $1 billion from three different areas in the stimulus package.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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