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State will take over Birmingham schools starting Wednesday

It was a packed house tonight at the meeting. Source: WBRC video It was a packed house tonight at the meeting. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Alabama Department of Education has confirmed they will take over operation of Birmingham City Schools beginning Wednesday.

Ed Richardson, who heads the state's team that has been investigating the Birmingham system, shared the state's plans Tuesday night.

Richardson said Dr. Tommy Bice will choose a CEO and a CFO to manage the school system while under control of the state.

The Birmingham Board of Education failed to pass the financial plan that would have helped them avoid a state takeover Tuesday night, an act that surprised Richardson.

After meeting for nearly four hours, the board voted 4-4-1 to not pass the plan that would cut around 100 jobs, bring the system into compliance with state law and save the system millions of dollars over two years

The Birmingham BOE said tonight that they felt the financial changes were "crammed down their throats" by the state.

There is no word yet on how this may affect the upcoming school year. 

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