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Legislators set to discuss school board changes

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Posted: May 28, 2014 6:47 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: May 28, 2014 9:25 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: East Baton Rouge, EBR, school board, schools, superintendent, principals, power, authority

BATON ROUGE - A heated debate is expected at the capitol today, as lawmakers discuss changes to how the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board operates.

A bill on the table would take power away from the superintendent and give it to the principals. They would be given authority over individual school budgets, transportation, food services and more.

The East Baton Rouge School Board is against the bill. They claim it would take the focus away from the students.

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.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber supports the resolution.

Tune into WBRZ News 2 today for more information.

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