BRAC comes out against breakaway school district
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today announced it's opposing legislation proposing the formation of a new school district in southeast Baton Rouge. BRAC says its opposition is due to "insufficient planning and lack of information regarding the impact of the district separation on fiscal status, student capacity, and school choice across district lines," according to a news release. The new district would be created by severing a portion of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. "BRAC shares in parents' frustration with our current public education outcomes. However, BRAC's board of directors felt it cannot support this legislation until proper planning and cost modeling has been done," says BRAC President/CEO Adam Knapp, noting BRAC is not opposed to the concept of independent school districts. "We understand the political pressure the Baton Rouge Area Chamber is under to oppose this initiative and we believe that inaccurate partisan information has been provided to them," reads a response to BRAC's announcement from the proposed breakaway district. "We will continue to reach out to the chamber to educate them with accurate, factual information." To answer feasibility and other questions BRAC has about the breakaway district, BRAC says it's partnering with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to commission LSU professor and economist Jim Richardson to conduct a full feasibility analysis of independent school districts in the parish.
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