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Together BR talks about displaced students in St. George

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, November 02 2014 Nov 2, 2014 November 02, 2014 9:41 AM November 02, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ambria Washington

BATON ROUGE -  Members of the Better Together campaign gathered at the Greater Sixty-Aid Baptist church detailing their first analysis report on the St. George breakaway could effect the displacement of students throughout Baton Rouge.

Although voters could vote on St. George becoming a city sometime until after the November ballot, many are speaking out sooner than later.

"I'm very pleased with my childrens' school," said LeAnn Davis, who has two children in the East Baton Rouge school system. "I don't think anyone should step in and make decisions for my children. I think we are better together and we need to stay that way."

Together Baton Rouge and other concerned parents gathered to release a new analysis report detailing the effects of the possible "new city."

Under the report, Together Baton Rouge said they believe more than 90 percent of students could be displaced which is reported to be more than 8,000 thousand students, if St. George becomes a city.

"In the 70810 and the 70820 zip code where the Gardere children live, 2,638 students will lose access to their schools," said Dianne Hanley with Together Baton Rouge. "Kids all across the unincorporated area and even within the city will be cut off from their schools that they currently attend."

However, supporters of the St. George efforts claim that displacing children is nothing new to the city of Baton Rouge.

 "It's ironic that they say these children will be displaced, said Lionel Rainey, St. George spokesperson. "They have no problem with children in traditional schools being forced out of that school to this school to articifically raise that school's score. "I mean what you got is the status quo."

Better Toegther said the report was based public records request through the parish school system.



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