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One of our greatest challenges in education today is to provide the most effective education possible for children and youth with learning problems. In the past two decades, efforts to meet this challenge have produced an abundance of federally funded programs designed to meet the educational needs of these children. "Special," "compensatory," and "remedial" education programs for children with learning, language, reading, and math problems have been established in virtually every school district in the nation as a means to contribute to the goal of quality education. The National Commission on Excellence in Education indicated a strong concern over problems in education. They concluded that these problems could be corrected provided that our general citizenry and those holding public responsibility cared enough and were courageous enough to do something about these deficiencies (Will, 1986). Evidently the elaborately developed and heavily funded compensatory programs have fallen short of their goal. The purpose of this paper is to identify the nature of problems and limitations in current special programs as revealed through research and authoritative analysis and then to identify potential revisions.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Ned Ratekin


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