December 4, 2013
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.