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A Special-Needs Challenge in Pre-K Expansion

As the de Blasio administration rolls out its ambitious expansion of pre-kindergarten, it will be hard-pressed to accommodate children with special needs, special education advocates say. The Department of Education must find space for about 5,000 children who will likely be identified as needing special services, coordinate those services through approved agencies, and arrange for travel and communicate with parents, pre-K directors and teachers about each child’s individual needs.