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Never let it be said

September 5, 2008

That I can’t admit when I’m wrong. I thought I did thorough research before posting, but some facts came to light that I missed, so here I am, to clean it up!

In this post, I stated she cut the funding for special education programs.

Apparently, the funds were actually diverted into another program. So, on the surface it does appear the funding was cut. I didn’t do any proper digging and I apologize.

While the top line budget for Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools Component Budget Summary dropped from 8.3 million in 2007 to 3.2 million in 2008, this appears to be due to the movement of the budget for the Alaska Challange Youth Academy to a different place.

2007 budget

Special Education Service Agency (SESA) – $2,072.3
Providence Heights School – $145.0
Alaska School for the Deaf – $319.0.
The Department of Education & Early Development – $637.4.
Alaska Challenge Youth Academy Program – $5,724.7

2008 Budget

Special Education Service Agency (SESA) – $2,054.6
Providence Heights School – $145.0
Alaska School for the Deaf – $319.0.
The Department of Education & Early Development – $637.4.

The budget for the youth academy in 2007, 2008 and 2009 can be seen here: Academy budget

2007 – 5.5 million
2008 – 5.7 million
2009 – 6.1 million

So, there was not a real decrease of 62% in this budget, just a shift a line of the budget to somewhere else.  Rather, one line in the budget for special needs education dropped about 1%, and the rest of the budget was flat.

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  1. September 6, 2008 7:59 am

    It really is gross how much facts are intentionally distorted in the media. I don’t think Sarah Palin is right for our country, but I don’t want people ruling her out based on junk reporting. Let people form an opinion with real information. Good for you for following up this way. Do you think CNN will do the same? Ha!

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