Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Judith J. Ivarie


This study begins with a general categorization of the various positions which comprise the ‘Regular Education Initiative.’ The first of these three categories, entitled the 'Little Change' model, calls for the least number of changes within the current delivery system of special education services. The second, the 'Extreme change' model, calls for the total dismantling of the present 'dual delivery' system. The third general heading is that of the 'Moderate change' model. This position calls for a substantial reduction in the number of students being served by 'pull out' programs. These three positions were then analyzed in light of twenty four (24) Federal and State Court decisions which have either established legal precedents in the field of special education law, or have raised issues which educators must consider when proposing changes within an educational setting which is itself subject to numerous legal constraints. This study concludes that the 'Little Change' model complies with more of these standards (eg. due process, limited funding, equal access, duplication of services, and quality of education) than do either of its counterparts Of the two remaining positions, the 'Extreme change' model appears to be the least compliant.