Star Telegram

The Irving school district has been targeted in a federal lawsuit that seeks to create single-member school board districts in an effort to get Hispanic representation on the board.

The board presides over campuses that have a 65.5 percent Hispanic enrollment, according to the Texas Education Agency.

About 42 percent of Irving residents are Hispanic, according to the U.S. Census.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by Dallas attorney Bill Brewer, who has also sued the city of Irving, seeking the creation of single-member City Council districts.

School board President Jerry Christian said that getting strong Hispanic candidates to run is the answer. He noted that two African-American candidates beat Hispanic candidates in last month’s school board election.

‘You need to get Hispanics involved in the school district and working in the school district and present themselves as qualified, involved candidates, and I think they can get elected,’ he said.

The plaintiff is Manuel Benavidez of Irving, who lost bids for the school board in 2000 and 2005.

Brewer said he filed the suit on Benavidez’s behalf because the system denies Hispanics representation.

‘The district is following a voting rights scheme that violates the Voting Rights Act of 1964,’ Brewer said. ‘It’s clear that the system in place deprives a very significant group of citizens in the Irving Independent School District of their right to participate in a meaningful way in the election.’

He said the lawsuit might produce two or three Hispanic seats.

Brewer has taken a prominent role in local fights over illegal immigration. He has also filed two lawsuits against Farmers Branch, which has been trying to bar illegal immigrants from renting apartments in the city.

One of his lawsuits is in state court, where Brewer asserts that the Farmers Branch City Council violated Texas’ open-meeting law by discussing the rental ban behind closed doors.

Another suit is in federal court, where Brewer and other parties suing the city won a victory last week when U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay ruled that the rental ban is unconstitutional.

The city has already adopted a new version of the rental ban.

4 Responses to “Suit Seeks Latino Presence On TX City School Board”
  1. George says:

    What a crock of course loo at the teachers family name If if would have been a true American she would have taken them to talk to Americans who have lost their homes and Jobs because of the invadig cock a roaches.

  2. jo says:

    Bill Brewer needs to be investigated, i smell corruption!

  3. Steele says:

    Uhh HELLO!?!?! This country is based on democracy. People VOTE in who they want to be in office. It is determined by the majority of votes. Just because you lost an election to the board twice does not mean that you have the right to SUE to ensure a spot on the board based on your race! That is not democracy, that is BULL S$*%! If you give two or three spots based on race and percentages, then you better include EVERY race, including Asian (North/South/Pacific), African-American, American Indian, Australian Aborigines, and Caucasian.

    By Bill Brewer continually fighting for illegal immigrants rights as legal U.S. citizens, that stinks of not holding allegiance to the United States and to the UNITED STATES (note it does not say WORLD) CONSTITUTION.

  4. Steele says:

    And the other thing I would LOVE to say to Bill Brewer, is a quote:

    “To be an American!

    “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” — Theodore Roosevelt 1907

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