December 13, 2013
The Alabama Board of Education has decided to request far more money for next year than the state expects to be available.
The board's recommendation to Governor Bob Riley would spend $250 to 300 million more than revenue projections would permit.
Riley had recommended to the state school superintendent Ed Richardson that he make plans to cut $199 million in spending for the next school year.
Richardson, in turn, recommended a spending plan that would have cut the jobs of almost 7,000 teachers and school support workers.
But the board voted five-to-two to refrain from cutting teachers and to seek more money for other items, such as textbooks and the Alabama reading initiative.
Richardson said after the meeting that there is no way Riley or the legislature will approve the budget.