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BATON ROUGE - The plan to carve out a new school district out of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District failed for a second time in three days.

In a 61-35 vote lawmakers decided not to send the final decision to statewide voters in November.

Opponents of the bill were elated.

"We really appreciate them standing firm for all the kids in East Baton Rouge Parish. This means a lot to us to know as parents that they have our kids best interest at heart," a parent happy with the vote, Belinda Davis, said.

Parents who live where the proposed district would have been wish the legislature would have let voters decide.

Senator Mack "Bodi" White, (R) Baton Rouge, said this probably will not be the last time this legislation is up for debate.

"I can tell you right now the people of southeast East Baton Rouge Parish are still not satisfied with their school system. They're not happy about their situation. They're not happy that half of the kids are in private school, and unless there are major major changes in the next year or so I think you'll see this again," White said.


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