Enrollment in Arkansas Schools On the Rise from Katrina Refugees

SEPTEMBER 13, 2005 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State education officials say more than 630 children who sought refuge in Arkansas from Hurricane Katrina have enrolled in the state's public schools.

Almost 1,400 more children registered so enrollment numbers could grow.

State Education Commissioner Ken James says individual districts are doing a good job of bringing students into the systems in a smooth manner.  James says it is important that children who have had their lives disrupted have a good experience entering Arkansas schools.

Some federal aid is available to buy school supplies and equipment for children whose families fled the storm.  James says he hopes the schools can get more federal money.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)