Alabama Gov. Riley cuts education budget 12.5 percent

The Ledger-Enquirer reports that Alabama budget proration of 12.5 percent could lead to layoffs in East Alabama school systems, but not until the school year’s end, said at least one area superintendent.
"We may have to lay off some nontenured staff at the end of the school year," said Larry DiChiara, superintendent of Phenix City Public Schools. "We’re not going to lay people off at the first semester break — we may have some folks who retire and we may not fill their positions."
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley officially declared proration Monday. Proration occurs when state funds sent to local systems are cut by the same percent by which state income is lagging.
Riley earlier had warned educators to prepare for a 6 percent cut. But on Monday he announced a 12.5 percent proration…

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