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Sorry for the shortness of this diary.  But the Palin stuff is moving so fast it's hard to keep up.  Yes, you read it correctly, Palin, as Governor of Alaska, cut the Special Education by 62%.  Follow me..

There is some great stuff being posted at Mudflats.  And that's where I found this, with links

 Sarah Palin Slashed Special Needs Education by 62%

   For those of you who seem so enamored with Gov. Sarah Palin, it might be worth noting that she oversees the budget for the Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools in Alaska.
   These funds provide supplementary educational services to students with severe disabling conditions and the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. The resident school where the child would normally be placed does not have the resources to provide an adequate educational program. Without the supplementary services the child’s needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases.
   The following programs are included within this component:
   Special Education Service Agency (SESA)

   The Annual budget for 2007, which preceded Gov. Palin was $8,265,300.

   http://www.gov.state.ak.us/...

   The Annual budget for 2008, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

   http://www.gov.state.ak.us/...

   The Annual budget for 2009, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

   http://www.gov.state.ak.us/...

   This is a cut in special needs services to children in Alaska of 5,109,300 , or 62%.

   So, as the Alaska State Budget description states, "Without the supplementary services the child’s needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases."

   Did 62% of all of the special needs children in Alaska stop having needs once Gov. Palin took office?

   Before we get so excited about Gov. Palin bring her "Reformer" agenda to Washington, perhaps we should get to know a little more about what exactly that means to our children, and the opportunities that she would "Reform".

Originally posted to Night Runner on Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 01:39 PM PDT.

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