Last week, Mitt Romney released a white paper outlining his vision for education in America. One feature is a proposal to make federal funds allocated for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) portable so that special-needs students can choose which school to attend and bring the federal funding along with them.
Romney's plan, according to a guest blogger for the Atlantic who calls himself Dr. Manhattan, would significantly improve access to services for poor families with special-needs children. "If a version of Romney's proposal was enacted, it would be almost certain to decrease this inequality substantially and increase opportunities for poorer children to receive better special education services. For that alone, liberals should take it seriously," he wrote.
The current system favors the rich, argues Manhattan. Each year, he said, he must sue New York City to cover the costs of school and services necessary for his autistic son.