Higher costs looming for benefits to Ala teachers

Montgomery, AL – - The Alabama Board of Education has
proposed a financial plan that could require teachers and other
education employees to pay more for the retirement and health
insurance benefits.
The board voted Thursday for a plan to deal with what looks like
a third year of lean funding for public schools. It recommended
that education employees start paying 6 percent of their salary
toward retirement rather than 5 percent.
It also recommended that the state education budget level fund
health insurance benefits for the next school year. That would
require the health insurance program to cut benefits or raise the
amount that educators pay. State Superintendent of Education Joe
Morton said educators have been paying $2 per month for health
insurance since 1986.
All the changes would require legislative approval.