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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - In August, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Beverly Bassett, a 5th grade teacher in Osceola County, Florida, spent many after school hours helping Maria, a student who entered school mid-year. Since Maria lived in a hotel and had no place to study, Bassett tutored her every day.

In less than two months, Maria disappeared and never returned. While the district is providing virtual school and extra classes to help, high turnover makes teaching hard and learning difficult.

There are 1300 new students in Osceola this fall, many living with relatives. When their families find permanent homes, they leave. There and in Orange county (the latter having even higher rates of turnover), students must meet basic performance levels by 3rd grade to move on. Bassett says teaching is a game of “catch-up.”

It’s not just Florida! According to the US Census data, 11.5 percent of families with at least one school-aged child moved in 2009 and 2010.

Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newradio

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