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High school alumni unhappy with merger plan

A group of L.B. Landry High School alumni is taking the state to court over plans to merge the campus with another high school, O. Perry Walker.

The Times-Picayune reports the case could be the first test of a law that requires community input on any changes in the way state-controlled schools are governed.

A lawsuit filed this week in Civil District Court accuses officials with the state-run Recovery School District of unfairly tagging Landry as a "failing" school and ignoring a statute passed in 2011 that requires the district to come up with a community outreach plan before deciding on changes in school governance.

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