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ERIC Number: ED544448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Romney's Education Plan: Recognizing the Success of Special Education Vouchers. Issue Brief No. 16
Winters, Marcus
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
In a major address and policy white paper on education, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney proposed to allow students enrolled in special education programs to use the federal dollars tied to their disability to attend a public, charter, or (when permitted by state law) private school of their choice. The basic principle behind Romney's plan--that the dollars spent to educate a child should be portable as students move to their preferred school--is a powerful one with the potential to fundamentally improve the relationship between students and their schools. Of course, special education is primarily a state and local responsibility and any president's policies will have effect only at the margins. If enacted, Romney's proposed policy could set an important precedent that further pushes states in a direction many of them have drifted over the last decade. At worst, Romney's plan would better utilize the relatively small amount of federal resources in education. At best, this policy might encourage states to buttress the effectiveness of federal reform by allowing state and local education dollars to follow students as well. Florida's decade-long experience with special education vouchers suggests that Romney's proposal would indeed be effective policy. The details for Romney's proposal are described in this Issue Brief. (Contains 14 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act