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Officials: Relief for Alabama teacher exodus found

Some of the more than 1,000 teachers expected to retire Dec. 1 to avoid higher health insurance costs could end up back in their classrooms through the end of the school year.

Officials have been scrambling to find a way to avoid disrupting at least 2 percent of Alabama's classrooms with midyear teacher changes.

More than 1,200 education employees have already put in retirement notices for Dec. 1. Officials expect the number to grow to about 2,000 and predict about half of them will be teachers.

They say retirement rules allow teachers to retire Dec. 1 and stay out of the classroom through December, which is a short month because of holidays.

Then, they can suspend their retirement benefits Jan. 1 and return as temporary teachers at the same pay. 

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