7922 Maria Refugees in Florida Schools

The exodus from Hurricane Maria has added almost 8-thousand new students to Florida public schools. 

Most of the kids are from Puerto Rico; the rest are from the American Virgin Islands. 

Refugees are spread out across the state, but Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says they're concentrated in four counties.

"Districts with the largest numbers are Dade, Orange, Osceola, Polk (counties)," she said.

Orange County has the most Irma refugees, with 1793.

When you factor in the population, however, Osceola County is shouldering the largest burden. 

Hurricane refugees account for more than 2 percent of the entire school population in Osceola County.

Stewart says the education infrastructure is robust enough to handle the influx of new students.

She says they checked statewide to make sure there would be enough space for everybody, and are confident that the system will be able to handle the new arrivals capably.

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