On Romney's Special Education Voucher Plan

There’s an item from Gov. Romney’s education agenda that hasn’t gotten enough notice, and it’s not his seesaw on whether he’s going to cut education funding. 

(Review on Romney's reversals on DOE funding: In April, the Governor told a Palm Beach audience at a closed-door fund-raiser, “The Department of Education: I will either consolidate with another agency, or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller. I'm not going to get rid of it entirely." This past Wednesday at the debate, Gov. Romney said, "I'm not going to cut education funding. I don't have any plan to cut education funding.”  (Fact-checkers at the Daily Beast concluded, “ While the Romney-approved House budget does not specify how cuts would affect particular federal programs, the White House’s own study  on the budget finds that it drops 200,000 children from Head Start as well as other early education programs, and gets rid of 38,000 teachers and aides at underprivileged schools as well as 27,000 special-education teachers.”)

Anyway, back to that little-noted item: special education vouchers, which the Gov. referred to at the debate on Wednesday night and was reported by EdWeek’s Politics K-12:
Romney touted his plan to turn Title I and special education funding into vouchers. "I want the kids getting federal dollars ... I want them to go to the school of their choice. All federal funds would follow the child."
Nifty, right? Instead of the feds funneling money to kids with disabilities based on some formula, each parent of a special needs kid will get a voucher to use at “the school of their choice.” What’s not to like?

Here’s a partial list:
Gov. Romney’s “plan” for special education vouchers reveals a stunning lack of understanding about how children with disabilities are educated, at least among the 99%. Maybe someone on his team should point this out to him.