Break-away EBR district bill moves forward

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 9:08pm

The proposed break-away school district in East Baton Rouge Parish is back to its original boundaries tonight, it's also one step closer to reality.

Senators passed an amendment to extend the boundaries back to the original scale.

That's the entire area south of I-12 and east of I-10.

It's set to be called the "Southeast Baton Rouge Community School System."

EBR School District representatives -- including the board president and the new superintendent -- pleaded with the Senate Finance committee to reject the bill. That didn't work and the bill eventually passed with no opposition.

"I would dare say to you that if you move forward with this, you are going to leave the EBR School System as one of the least economically diverse systems in the region," said Dr. Bernard Taylor, new EBR School District Superintendent.

"We need more for our children," said Norman Browning, the president of Local Schools for Local Children, the group pushing for a break-away. "We need quality of education for children. That is why we're doing this."

Ten schools would be removed from the current EBR system to create the new district.

The bill still needs a two-thirds majority vote of both the House and Senate to pass.

Then it faces a state-wide vote.

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