Friday, September 02, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: Schools Step-Up To Enroll Refugees

All over the south and midwest, schools are offering to enroll students who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The State of South Carolina exemplifies what many education agencies are doing:
South Carolina schools are rolling out the red carpet for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

State Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum says there is no way to tell how many students will come to the state. But she says the agency is doing all it can to make their transition as simple as possible.

Under federal law, students displaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are "homeless" and do not need to provide proof of residency to enroll in public schools.

Several counties across the state have already enrolled students affected by the storm, but exact figures weren't available.
Now if only we could get the students and their parents out of the affected areas and into the towns and cities where the schools are located...

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