Superintendent Morton presents plan for surviving education cuts

State schools Superintendent Joe Morton has presented his plan for how Alabama's 132 school systems can survive sharp budget cuts expected in the budget the Legislature will work on next year.

Morton unveiled his plan to state school board members Thursday.

Morton proposed the Legislature pass a constitutional amendment that would require lawmakers to appropriate funds to all education institutions based on the number of students enrolled at each education level.

He also recommended freezing the amount the state pays to the health insurance plan for education employees and raising the amount of experience required for education employees to retire from 25 years to 30 years. He also wants to increase the amount education employees pay into their retirement plans.

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