- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - 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, a plan which already cleared by the U.S. Justice Department..

Alfreda Tillman Bester, general counsel for the NAACP, tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1sg3DBN ) on Wednesday 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.

“Getting very close,” she said.

On paper, the racial balance on the board is similar.

The 11 current districts break 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.

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

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