Bill to create Southeast school district passes in House

Map of proposed breakaway school district
Map of proposed breakaway school district

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Supporters of the proposed Southeast Baton Rouge School District got a victory Thursday at the State Capitol.

The full house passed a senate bill calling for the breakaway district by a vote of 57-35.

The district would consist of schools currently in the EBR system and affect about 7,000 students.

Supporters say its a fair representation of students living in the area, but those opposed said it would put too many low-income students back in the EBR system.

"You'll hear they're elite and financially sound, 67 percent are on free and reduced lunch program in what the Southeast Baton Rouge school breakout will be," said Rep. Erich Ponti.

"The most important thing is it will cause a disparant displacement of children - at-risk children, underprivileged students going back to the East Baton Rouge Parish," said Rep. Pat Smith.

A companion bill to put the issue in the hands of voters is expected to be heard next week and would require a two-thirds vote to pass.

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