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GOP against shrinking Baton Rouge school board

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Posted: Jul 22, 2014 6:29 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Jul 22, 2014 7:09 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: East Baton Rouge, School Board, GOP, Republican Party, reduce, members, NAACP

BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish's chapter of the Republican Party has come out against a proposal to reduce the number of members serving on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board from 11 to a smaller number.

The local GOP's executive committee voted 13-1 to urge the school board to maintain its current 11 members and "not bow to pressure that results in unnecessary turmoil and confusion."

The Louisiana NAACP also announced last week its opposition to the proposed smaller board, though for different reasons.

The civil rights organization says the five proposed maps the school board will consider at a meeting Thursday would dilute the voting strength of racial minorities and that it will file suit if the school system adopts one of the five maps.

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