By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama school superintendent Joe Morton
says as many as 3,543 teaching positions could be eliminated in the
next school year unless K-12 public schools get an extra $235
million over this year's budgeted spending.

Morton said it's "unimaginable" to him that the state could
lose that many teaching positions. He said there are about 43,100
state-funded teachers in Alabama public schools.

Morton made the comments during his presentation to legislators
during budget hearings Wednesday at the Alabama State House.

Morton said another cost-cutting option could be to cut the pay
of public school employees by cutting the number of days they work
each school year.

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

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