Mar 13, 2020, Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle: RCSD adds special ed classes to pre-K centers https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/education/2020/03/13/rcsd-special-education-pre-k-centers-rochester-ny-school-district/5021367002/ The Rochester City School District is seeking to add a small number of K-1 special education classrooms to its three standalone prekindergarten centers to avoid additional regulations and staffing costs, Superintendent Terry Dade said Tuesday, the latest twist in a rapidly evolving effort to keep two closing school buildings under district control. One of those pre-K centers, the Rochester Early Childhood Education Center (RECEC), is already open on North Clinton Avenue. The other two were recently approved to open in the fall in the school 44 and 57 buildings when they close at the end of the year…. "Our families have been asking for this; we confirmed with (Chief of Special Education) Kisha Morgan," he said. "She said this would actually be a benefit for that continuum of services because parents are asking for what comes next in kindergarten and first grade." Details still lacking In an interview Wednesday, Deputy Superintendent Lynda Quick clarified that the K-1 classrooms would have both general and special education students; having only students with disabilities would violate federal law requiring they be taught in the "least restrictive environment" possible….
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