Education, community leaders say no to House Bill 1177

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Education leaders sounded off against a proposed bill that restructures the public school system.

"What they're trying to do to our children is a disgrace," says Carolyn Hill, a member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Hill hosted the community forum Tuesday night at Capitol Middle School. The proposal applies to large school districts with more than 40-thousand students. It gives more power to principals such as how funds are spent and would also create community school councils.

"Principals wanting to be dealing with their staff yes they want to make sure they have the right resources. They want to make sure they're paying their staff right. They want to make sure their kids are on par," says Rep. Pat Smith.

"What's happened is you don't have anything that's necessary for student achievement," says Supt. Bernard Taylor. "You have a variety of ideas that at some point need to come together with the focus on children and their ability to learn."

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is supporting the principal empowering House Bill 1177. They believe restructuring the school system will help keep it intact. The measure is scheduled to go before a committee Wednesday.

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