Educators Ponder Cuts

By: Network News Service
By: Network News Service

School superintendents and school board members from across Alabama met Sunday to discuss the educational trust fund.

It's possible that the education budget could be cut up to $190 million next year. This could require shortening the school day and eliminating all non-required classes, like band, music and athletics.

"We're looking for approximately 6,000 cuts in school personnel. We feel that we've done everything else, except we have to raise the funding divisors in order to lower the cash flow about 6.2 percent," said Robert Morton, assistant state superintendent. "And we've been instructed to cut $190 million from k through 12, and that's what we're looking at. So, it's a very drastic situation."

Fifty two percent of the revenue for the education trust fund comes from income taxes, while 32 percent comes from sales taxes.


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