In answer to legislative efforts to restructure the school system, East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Bernard Taylor revived his idea Thursday of turning the school system into “families of schools” where most students could pick from multiple schools, not just the one they’re zoned for.
Taylor’s latest idea is create a total of five such families.
In November 2012, Taylor originally suggested four such families. Only one, in Scotlandville, affecting three elementary schools, is in effect now.
Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, has filed SB484, which would divide the school system into four subdistricts overseen by four deputy superintendents.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has announced it is developing similar legislation to restructure the East Baton Rouge Parish school system to create more school- and community-level control, and at the same time, shrink the power of the School Board and superintendent. BRAC has until April 1 to develop such legislation and persuade a lawmaker to sponsor it.