Lawmaker faces challenges to create new school district

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:27pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — As one Louisiana lawmaker tries to form a new school district, he'll face a number of big challenges. Everything from raising money to getting the measure on the ballot are all steps that need to be taken. However, Senator Bodi White says he's up to the challenge.

Making big changes never seems to come easy. "There's always some controversy," says Senator White.

A passionate group of parents have made White realize that change is necessary to help their children.

"It's hard for me to not vote for any piece of legislation that would put a child in a better school situation," he says. "That's hard for me to vote against."

White is spearheading legislation that will break away 10 schools from the East Baton Rouge School System to create a new district in the southeastern part of the parish.

"You have a group of parents willing to step up and take control of those public schools and take responsibility," says White. "That's better than the state taking it."

However, it's not going to be an easy task. White has to get a two-thirds vote from the House, a two-thirds vote from the Senate, and a majority vote across the state, all in favor of his bill.

Then, there's money to consider. White says it costs between $4,500 and $5,000 per student to run a school system, but it can be done.

"There's plenty enough dollars to educate the children in that community right now," he says.

While the road ahead may be rock, White says the fight will be well worth it if the right change can be made. "The whole community will get involved. It's like everybody wants to be on the winning sports team. Well everyone wants to be in a winning school system also."

White's legislation will go in front of lawmakers during the 2012 Legislative Session. That starts on March 12th.


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