Portland superintendent reveals new site for Access gifted program; high-needs special ed school would have to disband

Nov 29, 2017 by

 

To make room for its highly gifted program, Portland Public Schools plans to break up a program designed to serve its highest-needs special education students, Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero announced Tuesday.

His plan is to oust the Pioneer special education program, with about 123 students, so the 350-student Access Academy program for highly gifted students can use its buildings, located on Southeast Division Street at 71 st Avenue. Access is a program for students whose extensive educational needs could not be met at their neighborhood school; so is Pioneer.

Guerrero said he plans to send high-need middle grade special education students back to be included at their neighborhood schools. He proposed relocating the program for high-need elementary pupils with disabilities to the former Applegate Elementary campus in North Portland.

Access currently operates at the former Rose City Park Elementary in Northeast Portland, but must move by next school year. The district plans to reassign some students from overcrowded Beverly Cleary School to attend a reopened Rose City Park Elementary.

 

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