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Birmingham, Ala. Schools Spiral Into Disarray

When last we left the Birmingham, Ala., school district, it had just been taken over by the state because the school board could not come to agreement on a package of cuts and firings required to put the school system on more solid financial footing. The state also appointed a former state schools chief to be the district's chief financial officer, and he promised to make the cuts that the school board had not been able to make. About 200 employees would lose their jobs or be demoted under the cost-cutting plan.

Since then:

The first board meeting under the new state-run leadership will be tomorrow, according to a memo from Bice, the state schools chief. What will happen next? Stay tuned. ...

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