Posted Friday, January 24th 2014 @ 6am by Bud Lowell
Rochester, NY -- City School District officials say millions more in aid will be spent on high-needs Rochester children from a pool of money approved in last year's state budget.
The city will get $6 million to increase availability of pre-kindergarten education for city four-year-olds.
State Senator Ted O'Brien says that's by far the largest grant made to any school district in the state from funds allocated to get more children into pre-K.
The State Education Department says as much as half the gap in achievement between children from poor and from rich school districts is already set before students get to first grade. They say high-quality and especially all-day pre-kindergarten makes the difference.
Senator O'Brien and school district officials plan to announce how they're using the new money Friday afternoon.