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State denies plan for 2 schools to avoid takeover

3 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 12, 2013 Jul 12, 2013 Friday, July 12 2013 July 12, 2013 7:07 AM in News

BATON ROUGE - The state has shot down an East Baton Rouge Parish school system proposal to reconfigure two low-performing schools, a move aimed at averting a state takeover.

The state Department of Education on Thursday did agree to changes proposed for 13 other Baton Rouge public schools.

Superintendent Bernard Taylor says he intends to proceed with the changes at Delmont Elementary and Mayfair Middle schools that were approved by the parish School Board for the 2013-14 school year that begins Aug. 12.

In the meantime, Taylor said he plans to present additional information justifying the changes and will ask the state to reconsider the denials. Failing that, he said he will appeal the denials - but he's not sure what agency would hear the appeal.

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