Baton Rouge, La., lawmakers seek to restructure school system

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Baton Rouge lawmakers Steve Carter and Dalton Honoré on Monday submitted two bills that would shrink the size of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board from 11 to 7 members and shift most of the board’s and the superintendent’s power to more than 80 school principals.

The bills also would create three “community enrollment zones,” where parents living in those zones would get priority to enroll at schools within the zone as well as “community councils” staffed by “community academic coordinators” who help parents advocate for the children in their community.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber on Monday afternoon announced the submission of the legislation and laid out some of its highlights, though copies of the bills were not available publicly Monday afternoon. The deadline to file bills for the Legislature is Tuesday. The current session ends June 2.

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