Kennedy Krieger Institute Withdraws Bid To Manage City School

February 7, 2000
Institute Offers to Consult on Special Education Issues as Needed

BALTIMORE, MD - February 4, 2000, Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) announces that it will not proceed to the next stage in the selection process for the management of three city schools under the state reconstitution process. Kennedy Krieger notified the Maryland Department of Education of the decision late Thursday.

KKI administrators cited the proximity of the three schools selected as the major factor in their decision to withdraw. Managing a school in East Baltimore, where Kennedy Krieger has been located for almost 40 years, would have capitalized on longstanding relationships and a history of working with political and neighborhood groups within that community. The three schools chosen for reconstitution are outside the area where Kennedy Krieger has built these particularly strong relationships.

In notifying the Maryland Department of Education of the decision, Gary Goldstein, MD, president of Kennedy Krieger Institute did indicate an interest in acting as a special education consultant to the group(s) chosen to run the schools. We are uniquely qualified to act in this capacity and are willing to share what we have developed in our Blue Ribbon schools with the schools that have been chosen. If our help is requested, we are interested in communicating our expertise.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information about Kennedy Krieger call 1-888-554-2080 or visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

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