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Boston schools search for more space

The Boston public school system is projecting that enrollment in preschool through the second grade will jump by nearly 1,000 students for the next school year, sending school officials on a massive hunt for 75 additional classrooms.

The projection — driven largely by an increase in disability diagnoses for toddlers, who by law must be given an education as soon as they turn 3 — follows a steady increase in enrollments in the lower grades over the last few years. At times, the surge caught school officials off guard and left a number of preschoolers at home waiting for seats as schools struggled to find space.

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