Gov.: More education cuts likely next school year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley said Wednesday that more education cuts are likely in the coming school year as the economy continues to founder.

He says a lot is in the air, but if the economy doesn't improve significantly or if there is not a change in what the state is obligated to pay for health care and pensions, reductions are inevitable for next fiscal year.

Legislative budget chairmen Rep. Richard Lindsey and Sen. Hank Sanders agree that short of a miraculous fiscal recovery, public schools will again be facing a funding shortfall in the budget year that starts Oct. 1.

Trust fund tax collections from October through last month were $387.6 million, 8.7 percent less than the same period a year ago.

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

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  • by Elementary Education Major Student Location: Troy Dothan on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    Something needs to be done about this! This is really making some of my friends and I rethink finishing our degree in teaching. We love the field but we can not support 20 children on our salary. I would love to have the retirement benefits that Alabama offers teachers but GA is looking really good right now.
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