Legislative critics of EBR schools face easier path

Article By: Will Sentell | April 14, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is under legislative fire for the third consecutive year with one key difference: Critics have an easier path to success this time.

Hotly-debated bids to create a new school district in southeast Baton Rouge failed in 2012 and 2013 when backers had to line up super majorities in both chambers — two-thirds in the House and Senate.

The latest effort — overhauling the district mostly by giving principals sweeping new authority — only requires majority votes in the House and Senate and the signature of Gov. Bobby Jindal since it is not a constitutional amendment.

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