breakaway district en EBR School District Revamp Back to the Drawing Board <p>The state House has rejected a proposal to restructure the East baton Rouge Parish School District.&nbsp;</p><p>In making his closing argument for <a href=";b=SB636&amp;sbi=y" target="_blank">the bill </a>in the House, Rep. Steve Carter rattled off dire statistics about test scores and arrests at parish schools.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The entire business community recognizes the fact we need to do something," Carter said.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Baton Rouge Area Chamber offered the plan to restructure the parish district.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:34:51 +0000 Amy Jeffries 27270 at Metro Council Approves Annexations that May Stymie St. George Effort <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Baton Rouge Metro Council has approved the annexation of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General Hospital, and the Mall of Louisiana.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 08:04:39 +0000 Amy Jeffries 26598 at Metro Council Approves Annexations that May Stymie St. George Effort Drive to Get St. George Petition Signers to Remove Their Names <p>A campaign to incorporate a new city in the southeastern part of East Baton Rouge Parish is aiming to collect 18,000 signatures by July 23 to get the issue on the November ballot.</p><p>Monday, opponents with the group Better Together, announced a drive to get some of the thousands who have already signed on to remove their names.</p><p>Lionel Rainey, spokesman for the incorporation effort called the withdrawal campaign the latest in a series of tactics to maintain the status quo.</p><p>“I guess they think these people are too stupid to understand what they are doing," Rainey said.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 26481 at Drive to Get St. George Petition Signers to Remove Their Names TUESDAY: A Discussion of the Proposed City of St. George <p>Jim discusses the proposal to incorporate a new city of St. George within East Baton Rouge Parish. Republican consultant Scott Wilfong is opposed to the idea.</p><p></p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:50:26 +0000 Jim Engster 19854 at Lawmakers Head Home with Budget and More <p>Lawmakers are going home having passed a bipartisan $24 billion state spending plan.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But they'</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">re bringing home&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">more than just the budget</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to their constituents. WRKF asked lawmakers about the most important thing they passed for their constituents.</span></p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 02:34:25 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11576 at Lawmakers Scurry to Keep Bills from Dropping Dead <p>Monday lawmakers and lobbyists hustled across the rotunda that connects the chambers to assemble the votes to keep their bills alive, lest they fall victim to “Drop Dead Day” at the Capitol.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sound ominous?&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:28:56 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11378 at Southeast School District Tries Again <p></p><p>The slice of east Baton Rouge between Interstates 10 and 12 may be a step closer to seeing its own school district.</p><p>A constitutional amendment that would have funded the district failed to pass in the House last year. The same measure passed through the Senate Education committee Thursday without much debate.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parents that live from </span>Inniswold<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to </span>Shenndoah<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> testified that they just want to make schools safer and more academically successful for their children, like Norman Browning, president of the pro-breakaway group ‘Local Schools for Local Children.’</span></p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:36:06 +0000 Kelly Connelly 9158 at Gearing Up for Bout Over Breakaway School District <p>A constitutional amendment allowing for an independent school district in Southeast Baton Rouge fell fewer than 10 votes short of making it out of the legislature and onto the statewide ballot last year. The proponents, fed up with the shortcomings of the C-rated parish district, intend to try again. Opponents of the split are also readying for round two.<br>&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:24:54 +0000 Amy Jeffries 6429 at Gearing Up for Bout Over Breakaway School District