The state House has rejected a proposal to restructure the East baton Rouge Parish School District.
In making his closing argument for the bill in the House, Rep. Steve Carter rattled off dire statistics about test scores and arrests at parish schools.
“The entire business community recognizes the fact we need to do something," Carter said.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber offered the plan to restructure the parish district.
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.
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.
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.
Lionel Rainey, spokesman for the incorporation effort called the withdrawal campaign the latest in a series of tactics to maintain the status quo.
“I guess they think these people are too stupid to understand what they are doing," Rainey said.