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Group gears up to fight breakaway district

3 years 5 months 4 weeks ago April 02, 2013 Apr 2, 2013 Tuesday, April 02 2013 April 02, 2013 9:10 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jillian Washington

BATON ROUGE - Residents who support unity within the EBR school district will gather this evening to discuss a plan of action to combat a proposed community of schools within the parish.

One Community, One School District is sponsoring the meeting that will be held at the Bluebonnet Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The public is invited to attend.

Other topics on tonight's agenda include the consequences of how school districts are graded and changes to state funding for public education.

State Representative Ted James will also be on hand to discuss his proposed legislation to allow parents to petition the state to retake schools from the Recovery School District.

Senator Bodi White filed a bill last week to establish the Southeast Baton Rouge Community School District. It will be presented during the 2013 session, which begins next week.

The district would consist of the following 10 schools: Cedarcrest, Jefferson Terrace, Parkview Oaks, Shenandoah, Wedgewood, Westminster and Woodlawn elementary schools, Southeast and Woodlawn middle schools and Woodlawn High.

Last year, lawmakers turned down the proposal.

Voters would have to approve the plan before it can be implemented.

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