BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Some anxious moments on the House floor for East Baton Rouge school officials. A bill to shift resources from the East Baton Rouge School board to local principals was killed by the House late Wednesday afternoon. EBR Supt. Bernard Taylor opposed the power shift and was there as the vote came back 62 to 30.
EBR Spokesperson Keith Bromery sent this statement: "We consider today's action by the Louisiana House of Representatives as an opportunity for all of us – including those on both sides of this legislative measure – to work together as a community to improve education outcomes for all students in our system. We plan to incorporate certain provisions of SB 636 associated with principal autonomy, parent and community empowerment and the 'Family of Schools' concept into our plan to transform our system. By working together as a community, we have the opportunity now to galvanize the focus on student achievement in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System generated by SB 636 to formulate, discuss, and implement innovative approaches to better serve all students and their families."