See earlier blog on the fact that special education received some $12 billion in the stimulus packaged (compared to the $4+ billions in Race to the Top funds). Is that good or bad? Well, Education Week writes that this special ed money was used by many school districts to plug in holes. The article’s title says it all: “Short term choices could haunt district….”
When the funds end, the holes will still be there–maybe larger than before–and the system will still be broken. You decide if that’s good or bad.
Throwing lots of money at a system that needs a fix first is NOT good public policy.