Since then, the Rochester City School District worked to improve special education in the district and a preliminary approval was granted in December.
The final approval hearing is set for Feb. 4.
The district’s Acting General Counsel released the following statement on the settlement:
“This settlement has the potential to create long-term change to the delivery of special education programs and services, thereby providing students with disabilities the education to which they are entitled and the opportunity to graduate from high school and enjoy post-graduation success. We thank the District for engaging in this innovative approach to resolving these long-seeded problems, its willingness to make changes and we acknowledge the progress made to date,” said Maggie Robb, Senior Attorney at Empire Justice Center.
“The District would like to express its thanks to the members of the Board of Education’s Special Advisory Committee to Review Special Education Programs and Services, current and former attorneys with Empire Justice Center, former Board of Education Commissioner Melanie Funchess, former General Counsel Karl Kristoff, and District staff. Additionally, we appreciate the insight and early work of Board President Van White, who brought the parties together for meaningful dialogue that ultimately led to this settlement. The District is grateful for their commitment and diligent efforts to assist the District and improve the delivery of Special Education programs and services to our students. We appreciate the work and collaboration of many individuals that have brought us to this preliminary settlement, and we look forward to working together with Empire Justice throughout the Consent Decree and disengagement process.”