Cuts are expected in the new state budgets that take effect Oct. 1.
Officials say the recession's continued impact on the state education budget will force a second year of across-the-board cuts. But it's unclear what the size of those cuts would be.
State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton is forecasting 6 percent. Teacher lobbyist Paul Hubbert says 4.5 to 5.5 percent. And two-year college leader Joan Davis is telling colleges to prepare for 8.5 percent to 10 percent.
Acting State Finance Director Bill Newton has already warned most General Fund agencies to expect a 3 percent reduction in their appropriations for the first nine months of the fiscal year. The state hopes to make up the difference in the final three months if an economic upturn begins.
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