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Southeast BR School District
Nears 70 Votes In State House
BATON ROUGE — All eyes are on the Louisiana House of Representatives Thursday as the members prepare to take up two bills that could lead to the creation of the new Southeast Baton Rouge Community School District. The legislation would affect about 80,000 people in the portion of the parish bounded on the north by I-12 and the west by I-10. The new district would include 10 schools and about 7,800 students, according to proponents.
Sen. Bodi White (R-Central) is the author of the bills, which have already passed the State Senate. A two-thirds’ majority, or 70 votes, is required in the House to pass one of the bills, which is a constitutional amendment.
Proponents say the new district would allow residents of Southeast Baton Rouge to duplicate the experience of Zachary and Central, the No. 1 and 2 ranked school districts in the state. Opponents argue the breakaway district would hurt the existing East Baton Rouge system.