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Parents continue to fight for and against breakaway school district

Parents continue to fight for and against breakaway school district
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POSTED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 1:32pm

The proposed constitutional amendment that creates a new Southeast School District in Baton Rouge passed through the House Education committee in a ten to six vote. It's something parents on both sides have very strong feelings about.

“This is probably the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life," explained Lori Fry, of her fight to help create the breakaway school district.

For Lori Fry, fighting for the breakaway school district is personal. Like any mom, she says she wants what's best for her kids, she thinks creating the Southeastern Community School District will do just that.

"We always felt that neighborhood schools were better for children. I went to a neighborhood school, my husband went to neighborhood schools. Why can't our children go to neighborhood schools? We don't want them bused all the way across town," Fry continued.

And it is something Fry’s fourth grader is hoping for, too.

"I just want like an 'A' or 'B' school. Most of them are 'C's’ 'D's’ or 'F's’. Those aren't really good schools. I just want a good school for me to go to,” added Sarah Fry, “We’re trying to get our own district so we can have better schools."

But Lori and Sarah Fry weren't the only mother daughter duo to testify to the House Education Committee on Tuesday. Terri Procell and her daughter don't like the idea of breaking up the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

"I believe that in the end, separating a school district out, will leave the remainder of EBR less well off," Procell explained.

"I can say, in my own opinion, in my own words, I don't like it. I don't like the idea. There are so many ways it could go wrong," added Whitley Procell.

In the end, despite heated words, the committee chose to side with those pushing for the breakaway district.

The proposed amendment to create the Breakaway District heads now to the House Floor. The legislation was defeated last year on the House floor.

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