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Moms speak out against breakaway school district

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BATON ROUGE- A breakaway school district in East Baton Rouge Parish is now one step closer to reality.

A House Education Committee gave the okay to two bills needed to create it.  The new district would include the Shenandoah and Woodlawn areas. It will have ten schools, with about 6,700 students.

Several mothers whose children attend those schools spoke out against the proposal during the hearing.

Leslie Defley says, "It's politicians talking but they're not making sense."

Monique Marino agrees. "I do not feel that a brand new school district will meet the needs of me and my children immediately," she said.

Cheryl Lott feels the new district is a mistake.

"If we set this precedent, communities all over Louisiana will take their children and their tax dollars out of where they are create country club school districts," she said.

The bills have to pass committee before reaching the full House. If it passes with a two-thirds majority, it will go on the ballot for a statewide vote.

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