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Board, BRAC at odds over legislation dealing with principal powers

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Posted: May 15, 2014 9:27 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: May 15, 2014 9:27 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- Public school system leaders denounced a legislative plan to give more power to principals and slash the power of school boards.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 636. Two board members, David Tatman and Barbara Freiberg, abstained. Essentially, the bill could turn each campus head into their own low-level superintendent.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber quickly chastised the board for their decision Thursday night.

"Given the track record of the school board and their singular lack of focus on solutions for improving our schools, it's no surprise that they passed this resolution, but neither is it very meaningful," said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC in an emailed news release.

But, while leaders threw their support away from lawmakers, Superintendent Barnard Taylor suggested he'd be interested in working with them to design a better funding formula for districts with a large amount of charter schools. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is set to be in the hole about $30 million. Taylor blames the loss of money on charter schools.
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