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Twins together in school



4_twins_playing Hey, moms and dads of twins (or triplets, or quadruplets or other multiple birth siblings). You now have the right to insist that schools place your kids in the same Florida public school classroom.

But you have to act quickly to seal the deal.

All requests to keep the kids together must come no later than five days before the first day of classes (or five days after the first day of attendance, if you enroll late). That means the deadline passes early next week for most of you.

Unlike past years, when schools could tell you that putting your kids with the same teacher might not be in their best interest, this year you get to tell the schools what's in your children's best interest. The only time the school can turn down your request is if your student's classroom performance indicates it's not a good placement, or if the school would have to add another class to the grade level to comply.

K-12 chancellor Frances Haithcock sent this memo to superintendents reminding them of the new law. We just wanted to remind you, too.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:52am]


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