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Riley Says School Funding Won't Be In Special Session

Montgomery, AL – Superintendents of two small school systems say they would like for legislators to find additional money or savings to help them deal with the worst cuts to education funding in almost 50 years.

The superintendents of school systems in Pell City and Elba say 11 percent budget cuts this year and expected additional cuts in the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 could be devastating.

Elba Superintendent Danny Weeks said the Legislature needs to find a better way to fund education.

Gov. Bob Riley has said he expects to call lawmakers into special session in August to deal with a financial crisis facing Jefferson County. But a spokesman for the governor, Todd Stacy, said Monday the governor wants to restrict the focus to Jefferson County's finances.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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