BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - In a letter to county and city school superintendents Wednesday, Alabama State Superintendent Joseph Morton proposes cutting teacher workdays temporarily and increasing class sizes to avoid bankrupting 37 percent of the state’s school systems.
Morton says that Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 greatly underfunds education. If Bentley’s budget were to pass, 89 school systems would have only one month’s worth of a budget to work with at the end of the year, and 49 of those schools would be operating on a deficit.
The superintendent suggests increasing the number of students per teacher by .5, therefore decreasing the number of teachers. However, Morton says this measure will not affect any teachers currently employed “because the 1,251 teacher units that would be reduced will be absorbed through retirements and other attrition measures.”