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School board votes on proposed charter schools

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Posted: Dec 3, 2009 5:32 PM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Dec 3, 2009 8:25 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: charter school, Helix, digital, technology, Baton Rouge

The East Baton Rouge School Board is set to vote on a proposal to open two new, technology-based charter schools.

The Helix Network of Educational Choices is the nonprofit trying to open the schools. One would focus on art and digital media. The other would focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. The proposed "Baton Rouge Regional High School" would operate as two schools in one, with its location at the Shaw Center for the Arts.

The proposal was rejected by the school board in August. Board members wanted more detailed information about the curriculum and operations. Organizers beefed up the 14 page proposal to over 200 pages.

About 250 students are expected in the first year. Within four years, organizers said they hope to have up to 1,000 students.

Since this could be Baton Rouge's first regional school, students will come from eight different school districts. Students in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and Ascension Parishes can apply. Also, students in Zachary, Baker, and Central are eligible. Students would be chosen using a lottery system.

If the proposal passes, the schools would open in July.

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