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Twins together



Twins_scholars_may_07 There's a national movement afoot to stop schools from splitting up multiple-birth siblings into separate classrooms. And it's made its way to Florida.

The argument goes that many twins, triplets and such are so tied together that, if separated, they could face anxiety, depression or worse. A National Public Radio report on the issue as it plays out in Massachusetts told the story pretty well.

Some educators counter that they want to encourage students' independence, and that breaking them up at school helps. It's a position that the national parents organization pushing for change calls inflexible. And they've made some inroads all over the country.

Minnesota was first to pass a "twin law," in 2005. Texas is among the most recent, as the Houston Chronicle reports. And Florida could be next.

Rep. Bill Heller, D-St. Petersburg, and Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, have filed identical bills (SB 642/HB 185) to give parents - not principals - the choice of whether their multiple-birth children will be in the same or different classrooms. They have yet to be heard in committee.

Does this affect you? Tell us your story. Does it seem like a good idea? We'd love to hear your views.

(Image, twin students at Terra Nova School in England)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:30am]


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