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With the first day of classes approaching, school principals across Florida are scrambling to ensure that they have enough teachers for every student who arrives — even though they still don't know who ultimately will attend.

That means reassigning teachers almost daily, and often asking for added staffers from their district offices. And in a few instances, it also means turning away families who show up to register.

Two Hillsborough County schools have taken that tack, mostly because they're just too compact to add any more classrooms or teachers. Parents who arrive at MOSI Partnership School get referred to nearby Pizzo Elementary, while those who seek a spot at Sheehy Elementary must seek other, farther options.

"They're working with choice folks to get them to the closest school," district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe told the Gradebook, adding that the children will get transportation to their new school.

Some other Florida districts, including Volusia and Seminole, are also implementing a similar "no room at the inn" policy in order to comply with class size rules. It's sure to anger some parents, though. A cynic might say the move is designed to agitate support for Amendment 8 to scale back the constitutional amendment, while others could argue it's the best way to meet the mandate without incurring extra building costs. You know, put kids in empty seats.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 4:29pm]

    

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