By Scott Olster, associate editorAugust 31, 2010: 10:10 AM ET
FORTUNE — Alabama schools have been having a rough time of it, and it only looks like it’s going to get rougher. The Cotton State recently came in last place in the federal Department of Education’s Race to the Top grant competition. And a steadfast global recession combined with the Gulf Coast oil spill this summer have put a severe strain on the state’s tax receipts, the primary source of revenue for Alabama’s education system, forcing several school systems to take out private loans just to make it through the year.
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