making federal funding for special education and disadvantaged students transferable to any school their parents choose.
...portable—meaning the money would follow students to any school their parents choose, including a private school, Presumptive GOP nominee Gov. Mitt Romney called today forUnder his proposal, parents could also choose to use the funds under Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at charter school, for online courses, or for tutoring. Title I is funded at $14.5 billion this year, and IDEA is funded at $11.6 billion, and any proposal to radically shift the use of that money would be almost certain to face a host of administrative, budgetary, and political hurdles from the Congress and statehouses on down.
And Romney, who unveiled his education agenda at the Latino Coalition's Annual Economic Summit in Washington today, is also calling for an expansion of the DC Opportunity Scholarship program, which President Barack Obama sought to eliminate. He would also make it easier for high-quality charter schools to expand, a position that the Obama administration has also embraced.
Romney Considering Big School Choice Expansion
Disadvantaged families and parents of students in special education could choose to spend federal funds at any district or charter public school, tutoring provider, or online course, according to the document circulated over the weekend. It outlines a series of ideas that have been considered by Romney and his advisers, which could be announced as early as this week. Under the proposal, students could also federal money at a private school, as long as that was consistent with state guidelines.
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