Tue January 8, 2013
Irving ISD Headed Back To Court; Suit Targets Lack Of Hispanics On School Board
The Irving Independent School District has again been sued. The suit argues a new election map and the new voting scheme still deny Hispanics a fair chance to get on the school board.
Trustees recently changed the voting system from seven trustees elected city wide to five from single districts, with only two picked city-wide. The plan increases the likelihood of a Latino victor. Attorney
Bill Brewer represents failed school board candidate Manuel Benavidez, bringing the suit. Benavidez wants seven single member districts. Brewer says the 5-2 scheme uses bad census data.
"They were looking at Latinos within different areas. But of course what matters is you should draw districts not just to have a majority of Latinos living in them but a majority of Latino citizens of voting age."
A majority of Irving ISD students are Hispanic, but there are no Latino trustees. Brewer’s client wants two majority Hispanic districts.
In a statement, Irving ISD said it hadn’t seen the suit but everyone has a right to contest issues. The superintendent said upon notification, the board and school attorney could discuss possible action next Monday.