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Senate backs breakaway school district in Baton Rouge

Senate backs breakaway school district in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE (WBRZ) - Two proposed laws that would create a new, public school district in East Baton Rouge Parish cleared the Senate Tuesday.

Both organizations connected to the push- one for and another against- posted the news on Facebook, alerting followers to the developments.

People posted congratulatory comments on the page of "Local Schools for Local Children," an account set-up supporting the so-called breakaway district in southeast Baton Rouge.

On the page connected to "One Community, One School District," people posted disgruntled comments about Senate Bills 199 and 73.

Next, the House of Representatives must debate the measures. If the pair of bills are approved there, a statewide vote would be the final step.

Supporters want to create a district similar to Baker, Central, and Zachary. Opponents, like East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor, have said the new district "will not be enough to maintain the excellent programs that are available to every student in the parish."

 

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