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Bill filed to split public schools in Baton Rouge

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Posted: Mar 27, 2013 2:54 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Mar 27, 2013 2:54 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: education, breakaway, schools, east baton rouge, legislative session

BATON ROUGE- For the second year in a row, a state lawmaker has filed a bill to establish a breakaway school district.

The bill, if it becomes a law, would pave the way for schools in the southeastern section of Baton Rouge to split from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

A similar measure failed to pass during last year's Louisiana Legislative Session. It was filed by State Senator "Bodi" White.

The plan would create an independent school district, similar to systems in Baker, Central, and Zachary.

The group pushing the effort has said the current system "is not failing, it has failed."

Opponents call the mission "short-sighted and misguided."

The session where this discussion will start begins April 8th. Since it changes the Constitution of the State of Louisiana, it would require voter approval.
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