Bill for breakaway school district pulled
BATON ROUGE - Senator Bodi White announced today he was pulling his bill to create a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge.
White said at a noon press conference he did not have the 70 votes required for the constitutional amendment to pass.
The bill was pulled Monday after a companion bill passed by a narrower margin. The amendment would have required a two-thirds vote in both chambers to be brought back onto the schedule.
It's the second session in a row measures to create a school district in the Shenandoah area have failed. Creating one requires a constitutional amendment to be approved by both the Legislature and then a majority of voters statewide.
Supporters of the breakaway district say it would improve education for people living in the area similar to the way community school districts for Zachary and Baker have.
Critics say it would drain quality students and funding from the larger East Baton Rouge School System.