Ala school chief outlines budget cuts to Congress

Montgomery, AL – - Alabama's top school official has
informed Congress the state's public schools will have nearly 3,000
fewer employees next year because of the sluggish economy.
The Birmingham News reports that state Superintendent Joe Morton
told Congress Wednesday that the reduced staffing will also
threaten education reform efforts.
Morton surveyed the state's 132 public school districts earlier
this week and found plans to lay off 2,827 people based on the 2011
education budget approved by the Legislature.
At the same time, Morton said, the student population will rise
by 1,781.
Morton was testifying in Washington before a Senate
Appropriations Committee hearing about education funding. Congress
is considering an extension of the stimulus law that specifically
targets education-related jobs.