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New Palin Myth: She Cut Special Education Funding

In the clip below, you'll see CNN's Soledad O'Brien try to pin down former White House Communications Director (and "McCain spokesperson") Nicole Wallace, asking how Sarah Palin can be an advocate for special needs children when she cut Alaska's special needs budget by "62 percent." Nicole seemed surprised by the accusation, probably because in addition to not being true, it so far has only appeared on DailyKos and a handful of other liberal blogs.

Hey CNN, here's a hint: DailyKos is not a reputable news site. Watch.

Naturally her Down syndrome baby was mentioned. What wasn't mentioned is that the December 2006 budget document cited would have been prepared by the outgoing governor, the incumbent Republican thrown out by Sarah. According to the publication Education Week, her legislation not only allows more money to flow to "rural and remote" schools, it actually raises special needs funding by over $45,000 per student.
Gov. Sarah Palin and state lawmakers have gone ahead with an overhaul of Alaska’s school funding system that supporters predict will provide much-needed financial help to rural schools and those serving students with disabilities.

The plan, enacted in the recently concluded session of the legislature, is based on recommendations issued by a legislative task force last year. It will phase in a greater flow of money to districts outside of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, over the next five years.

A second part of 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 a national news network claims that Palin slashed funding for special needs children by 62% by tying her to the budget proposed by her opponent. In reality, she actually increased special needs funding by 175%. So if you want to go on believing that America's mainstream news media doesn't have a liberal bias, be my guest, but it's no surprise over half of all Americans think the media is trying to hurt her.

Oh, and according to the same poll, 39% believe Sarah has better experience to be president than Barack Obama. Ouch.

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