Palin Cut Special Needs Budget 62%
Obama Surrogates, DailyKos, in a September 3, 2008 article state Palin cut Special Education budget by 62%
, then the
The Washington Monthly in their September 4, 2008 article Factchecking Palin
said that "Palin actually slashed funding for schools for special needs kids by 62%".
Palin Dramatically Raises Special Needs Budget by 175 Percent
They got their facts wrong. The Weekly Standard fact checked the fact checkers in their September 4, 2008 article
corrected the story:
In fact, the December 2006 budget document that they cite would have been prepared by the outgoing administration -- that of Republican Frank Murkowski, whom Palin defeated.
[Actually in the latest budget] the measure raises spending for students with special needs to $73,840 in fiscal 2011, from the current $26,900 per student in fiscal 2008, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
So the Netroots and CNN allege that Palin cut special needs funding by 62 percent, by crediting her with the budget proposed by a political opponent. And the truth is that rather than a 62 percent cut, she's actually increasing special needs funding by 175 percent.
In the same Washington Monthly article
they have an update stated simply:
This is wrong.
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