Legislation would cut size of EBR school board, limit power of superintendent

Article By: Charles Lussier | April 2, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

When East Baton Rouge Parish voters go the polls this fall, they may be voting for just seven School Board members, as opposed to 11.

And once elected, those seven could be overseeing a massive hand-over of their power, as well as the power of the superintendent, to more than 80 school principals.

These proposals are part of two companion pieces of legislation, House Bills 1177 and 1178, filed Tuesday by state Reps. Steve Carter and Dalton Honoré, both of Baton Rouge.

Carter, who is white and a Republican, and Honoré, who is black and a Democrat, were recruited by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, which spent recent weeks developing the legislation.

The filing deadline was Tuesday; the session ends June 2.

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