Posted by think again, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Feb 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm
If equal funding per student should be public policy, would you apply that to all forms of government? And if so, what would the result be to society?
Some people receive millions of dollars in medicare benefits, while others receive none. Should we just average it out and say that you get $10k for your medical problems, and anything beyond that is your problem?
Transportation dollars: should each state get exactly the same dollar amount, regardless of their situation?
and the list goes on. There purpose of gov't benefits isn't to be fair, it's to be a social safety net among other things for those that are less fortunate than others.
If the parents of all special needs kids had to cover the 'extra' cost themselves, you would gradually see lots more kids 'disappearing', abandoned to the state/streets, and worse. Most people in the US don't have 100k extra per year for this. What would you have them do?