Education
6:01 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

NAACP Prepares Challenge To New Baton Rouge School Districts

 

Elementary School Classroom
Elementary School Classroom
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Residents interested in running for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will have just nine seats to pursue when qualifying begins in two weeks.

The school board approved a new nine-member plan by a narrow 6-5 vote on July 24.

The Louisiana NAACP has promised to challenge in federal court to this last-minute redistricting, arguing that the new maps dilute minority voting strength.

The civil rights organization wants a court to revert the school board back to the 11-member plan it approved in November 2012.

Alfreda Tillman Bester, general counsel for the NAACP, told The Advocate on Wednesday that she is preparing litigation that she hopes to file any day now to try to stop the new maps from being in place at qualifying, which takes place Aug. 20-22.

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