Alabama’s Education Trust Fund, which collects specific taxes and fees to fund public education as a part of the state budget, enters fiscal 2010 today with a shortfall that requires budget cuts of 7.5%, known in the state as proration.

“Given the state of the economy, we’ve anticipated for several months now that the education budget would enter fiscal year 2010 in proration, but it’s still very unfortunate and I wish it wasn’t necessary,” Gov. Bob Riley said in a statement Tuesday.

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