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CENTRAL - Some parents in Central are outraged, saying their children are being denied a public education.

"It's not fair to her that she has to miss school because of paperwork," said Yvone Samuel, a frustrated mother of two. "I just don't understand that, it's not fair."

Samuel has been trying to enroll her daughter in Central Middle School for over two weeks, but hasn't had any luck.

"It's a public education," Samuel said. "Why is it so difficult for her to get in school?

The Central Community School Board recently tightened registration requirements, forcing parents to provide a variety of documents to get their child in the door.

Central Superintendent Michael Faulk says it's common for people outside their district to try and attend school in Central, which is why they place such an emphasis on parents providing proof of residency.

"We have a responsibility to provide education for children who live in Central," Faulk said. "We have a responsibility to taxpayers, to use funds for children who live in Central."

Samuel was able to get her daughter temporary enrollment Tuesday. School employees gave her one month to get the last document she needed, and told her they will be conducting home visits to ensure she's living in the district.

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