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Proposed EBR breakaway school district funding amendment fails

Published: Jun. 1, 2012 at 4:21 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2012 at 8:23 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The amendment to fund the proposed Southeast Baton Rouge School District has failed in the House.

The proposal needed to pass the House to allow a statewide vote on a new school district in East Baton Rouge Parish.

It failed 61-35. At least 70 votes were needed for the amendment to pass.

The EBRSD was facing the loss of 10 schools.

Supporters of the proposal have said they are disappointed with the current status of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

Opponents said it would racially divide the school system and significantly weaken the current system's tax base.

Lawmakers have been back and forth over this issue since the session started. The land inside the interstate 10-12 split would have comprised the district.

"It was a very controversial bill" says Belinda Davis a concerned parent; " I know they were under a lot of pressure. We really appreciate them standing in for all kids in East Baton Rouge parish."

Senator Bodie White R-Central sponsored the bill which could not get the necessary votes needed. He vowed to bring another bill next session.

A total of 6,857 students reside within the proposed district.

Elementary schools EBR stood to lose: Cedarcrest-Southmoor, Jefferson Terrace, Parkview, Shenandoah, Wedgewood, Westminster, Woodlawn

Middle Schools: Woodlawn, Southeast

High Schools: Woodlawn

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