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Missouri students will share classrooms with refugees from Katrina

September 1, 2005
By: Tim Walker
State Capital Bureau

In the wake of hurricane Katrina, Missroui schools are preparing to give the gift of education.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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As the rescue effort begins to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Missouri Department of Education is working to place refugee students in classrooms across the state. Education Department Spokesman Jim Morris:

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"So these are families that we assume have at least moved here temporarily to live with relatives or friends. And they are anxious to get their children back in school and on to a regular routine."

Morris says the Department of Education does not know how many refugess will be attending Missouri schools this fall, but he is confident that overcrowding and funding will not be a problem.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Tim Walker.

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As a result of Hurricane Katrina some Missouri students may have a few new faces in the classrom as they return to school.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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The Department of Education says that schools across the state are taking in students that fled Mississippi, Alabama and Lousiana to escape Hurricane Katrina. Department of Education spokesman Jim Morris says that Missouri is doing what it can to help refugee families.

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"We're talking about families who may have lost everything. And their lives have been severely disrupted, and they don't know if or when they are going to be able to go home. And so getting the children back into a secure and stable environment at school is an important development for them and a critical way we can help."

The Department of Education does not believe that the increse in students will lead to overcrowding.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Tim Walker.