Magazine October 19, 2009, Issue

End the Special-Ed Racket

A teacher speaks at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School while his students use their laptops during a class in Dorchester, Mass., June 20, 2008. (Adam Hunger/Reuters )
Vouchers can reduce false diagnoses of learning disabilities while helping both the truly disabled and the misdiagnosed

Your fourth grader is struggling in school, and you aren’t sure why. At his teacher’s suggestion, you hesitantly agree to let the school district test him for a learning disability. If he has one, they tell you, he will qualify for additional instruction through special education. You assume that the school district’s decision will depend entirely on whether your child is actually disabled.

Unfortunately, the district may take into account more than just your child’s condition. A growing body of evidence indicates that much of the tremendous growth in special-education programs across the United States is the result of financial and

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