Hundreds of teachers may face retirement choice

Governor Robert Bentley says he's getting close to proposing retirement incentives for state employees and he may follow that with retirement incentives for public school employees.

Bentley says he's got no goal yet for the number of retirements, but the state could save $82 million if 1,500 employees retired. Bentley says retired teachers would be replaced with younger teachers making less pay than veteran educators.

Bentley says he's working on the incentives to offer, but two possibilities are a lump sum payment over two years or paying part of the employee's health insurance costs after retirement.