Alabama Panel Recommends Drastic Cuts

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How much controversy can you fit in a five-page report? Plenty. An Alabama panel charged with making recommendations to control state education spending has proposed cutting the number of teachers in the state and freezing state expenditures on teachers' health care costs. The cap on health care spending could save the state $123 million but it would lead to large increases in the premiums that teachers would have to pay out of their own pockets. Similarly, cutting the number of teachers could save $158 million but would mean larger class sizes. The head of the Alabama Education Association has called the proposals in the report "disastrous" but offered no solutions of her own.