The drum beat of a possible state takeover of Birmingham City Schools is getting louder. After rejecting the state's plan to cut more than $12 million to comply with state law, the district hasn't drafted a financial fix, yet.
"I just can't see the state coming in and taking over and I don't believe they have a right to do that," said Birmingham Board of Education President Edward Maddox. "We have rules and regulations, and I don't even feel like the state should be here."
Maddox wrote a letter to State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice this week asking for another meeting to work through specifics of the state plan, which would eliminate almost 200 positions and close two schools. State law mandates a district to have at least one month's operating expenses in its reserve fund. More than 30 Alabama school districts have either complied with state law or submitted plans to do so.
The board's president said he plans to meet with Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon and other board members to work towards developing a plan or working through parts of the state plan.
Dr. Bice plans to announce plans of a possible intervention or takeover next Thursday.
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