NAACP files lawsuit challenging East Baton Rouge school board's decision to shrink to 9 seats

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — The NAACP has filed a lawsuit challenging the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board's recent decision to shrink the number of seats available on the board, saying the move will disproportionately affect black residents.

Alfreda Tillman Bester, general counsel for the NAACP's Baton Rouge chapter, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/X6G5CE ) Friday she filed suit Thursday on behalf of Mike McClanahan, president of the NAACP's Baton Rouge chapter.

The school board voted last month to shrink the seats available on the board from its current total of 11 members to a new total of nine.

The 11 former districts broke down into six majority white and five majority black districts. The new board that takes office Jan. 1 will have five majority white districts and four majority black districts.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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