Ala. Gov. Seeks Info on Impact of Budget Cuts

Ala. gov. seeks info on impact of budget cuts
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley is asking education
officials how their schools and colleges would be affected by a 3
percent budget cut this year and 10 percent drop in funding next
year.

Alabama's superintendent of education, Joe Morton, and the
two-year college chancellor, Freida Hill, said Thursday they have
received letters from Bentley's administration seeking the
information. Morton said a 10 percent reduction for the 2011-2012
school year would be devastating.

Bentley said Thursday he is considering whether to order
across-the-board cuts in this year's education budget. He said he
has no timetable for deciding, but he is hopeful the economy will
pick up enough to avoid cuts.

Bentley's predecessor, Bob Riley, cut last year's education
budget 7.5 percent and the prior year's budget 11 percent because
of the recession.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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