Judy Eledge, a well known Anchorage Republican, was paid $75,000 by the Dunleavy administration to do contract work on education. The State’s online checkbook shows two payments on July 26 – one for $30,000 from the Office of the Governor and one for $45,000 from the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED).
Eledge confirmed that she was paid for this work. According to her, the $30,000 from the Office of the Governor was to provide professional and policy research, analysis and reading assessment services to examine reading proficiency in the Alaska with a focus on K-3. This also included developing a three-year plan to address Alaska’s low performance in reading. Work on this contract was done between April and August.
The $45,000 from DEED was, according to Eledge, the result of a competitive bid to work on reading with the School Improvement Division. She said she applied for and won the grant through a competitive bidding process. This included subcontracting to three consultants that worked with her. It also paid for rent on a space from May 13 – June 30.
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I reached out to the Office of the Governor for a comment and explanation. I will update the story when I hear back from then.
Eledge is the longtime President of the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club. She was a vocal supporter of Mike Dunleavy when he ran for governor. She has since been a staunch and vocal supporter of him and his policies. Eledge retired as an educator and principal in 2003. She worked in both urban and rural Alaska. Since her retirement she has worked as an Alaska State Coach and Consultant for DEED on low performing school districts around Alaska.