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  •  there was not a decrease (2+ / 0-)
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    itchyredness, elfling

    As the mom of a child with autism, I wanted this to be true because I resented her claiming to be my advocate. I read the budgets so I could send something to parents I know without plagiarizing. Here's what I found:

    The 2007 budget included funding for four programs, including the Alaska Youth Challenge Academy. In 2008and 2009, that program had its own budget. So there was actually an increase in spending across these four programs:

    1. $8,265,300
    1. $8,234,000 (AYCA) + $3,156,000 = $11,900,000
    1. $6,082,100 (AYCA) + $3,156,000 = $9,238,100

    Not what I wanted to see, but glad to find it before blasting the numbers far and wide. Thank goodness there are plenty of other things to call her out on.

    •  What is the AYCA (1+ / 0-)
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      EJP in Maine

      And why is it getting favored treatment while other programs for special needs have been cut or remained flat?

      And, overall budgets have been cut.  For some strange reason, this one program has been favored.

      •  Group for at risk youth (0+ / 0-)

        It's a program run by the state national guard for teens from 16 to 19 who are considered "at risk".  It has NOTHING to do with special education.  Kids with autism or Down syndrome would not be permitted to participate in the program.  So it never belonged in the special education budget.  Having it there allowed the state to claim double what they were actually spending per student.  In other words, it was a way for the prior governor to lie about what he was doing for disabled children.

        "War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace." - Thomas Mann

        by Tom Paul on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 08:24:00 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks for the info (0+ / 0-)

          I wondered exactly what the program was too, so after reading what you said I checked with Wikipedia and they verified your comment.  The Youth Challenge Program is defined as "a program run by the National Guard of the United States whose stated mission is "to intervene in and reclaim the lives of at-risk youth to produce program graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults." The program accepts 16-18 year old male and female high school dropouts who are drug-free and not in trouble with the law."

          Twenty-eight states participate in the program. Here's a link to the Official Youth Challenge website.

          I don't know if states typically include this in special needs funding or not, but in my opinion I agree with you that it has nothing to do with special education. The at-risk youth received a funding increase, not the special needs children.

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