Here's a nice public choice economics moment in action: The Washington Times reports on a new study from the Manhattan Institute that found that special ed enrollments rose faster in states that gave money based on the number of special ed students than in places that gave a lump sum to cover the costs. Sez researcher Jay Greeene:
"It's quite striking that the growth in the states where these financial incentives operate is much higher than the growth in the states where they don't pay in this way."
Striking, yes. And predictable.
Lisa Snell took a long, depressing look in Reason's December issue at how many schools use special ed to cover up their own failures.