Reportedly – there will be approximately 1,100 fewer teachers in Alabama classrooms during the upcoming fiscal year, under a reduced education budget of some $5.58 billion, that was approved by a House committee.

That budget was approved last Wednesday, by the House Ways & Means Education Committee, but Committee Chairman Republican Representative Jay Love, states he expects that budget to come up for debate on the House floor this week.

State Schools Superintendent Joe Morton said he doesn`t anticipate layoffs of current teachers – rather he expects more than 1,100 teachers will retire or resign and many of those positions won`t be re-filled.