EBR school system study endorsed by House panel

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  The exterior of the East Baton Rouge School Board offices building on South Foster Drive. Show caption
Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The exterior of the East Baton Rouge School Board offices building on South Foster Drive.

Legislation that would require a study of issues around East Baton Rouge Parish and other large school sytems cleared the Louisiana House Education Committee Wednesday.

The measure, House Resolution 123, may be cited by opponents of a Senate-passed bill to overhaul the district that is awaiting a vote in the full House.

The resolution, which also faces a House vote, would require the House Education Committee to study issues about the district raised during the session and report its findings 60 days before the state of the 2015 session.

The key measure awaiting House action is Senate Bill 636, which is aimed at revamping the district by giving principals new authority.

Another bid to improve district operations by trimming the size of its school board failed in the House twice.

The sponsor of the study resolution is state Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge.

The review would apply to school districts with more than 15,000 students, which means the Lafayette Parish school system could also be scrutinized.

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