CTP friends and members:
We need as many people as possible to come to the October 8th school board meeting even though you may or may not have children or grandchildren in school now.
Thursday, October 8th, 7:00PM
1445 N. Perry Rd.
CFB-ISD Board room
Here is the problem from an article in the Dallas Morning News:
By JULISSA TREVIÑO firstname.lastname@example.org of Dallas Morning News
Published: 18 September 2015 10:58 PM
Updated: 18 September 2015 11:03 PM
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD school board voted Thursday to move forward with a settlement in a voting rights lawsuit that would change the structure of the board and force one member to resign.
The agreement calls for replacing the existing at-large electoral system with a cumulative voting system in which voters could cast as many votes as there are seats in an election. The voter may distribute those votes among the candidates as they choose.
The agreement also would require one of the seven members of the school board to resign, though details of how that would be determined were not immediately available. Guillermo Ramos, a Farmers Branch resident who filed the lawsuit challenging the system, would then be appointed to the position until the upcoming May election. Ramos would become the only Latino on the school board.
If the agreement is finalized, the school district would conduct voter registration efforts, offer accessible voting opportunities for the Latino community and pay $60,000 in attorney fees.
The terms were approved Thursday by the board. Ramos’ attorneys will work with the district’s lawyers to finalize the settlement.
“Our hope is that these changes to the electoral system create greater opportunity for the Latino community, including students,” said William A. Brewer III, lead counsel for Ramos with the law firm Brewer Storefront. “It is a credit to Mr. Ramos that the district has embraced these changes — and shown confidence in him representing the interests of the Latino community.”
School district officials did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit, filed by Ramos in April, accused the district of violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The suit said the district’s at-large system for electing members of the board of trustees denied Latino voters the right to elect representatives of their choice. Since at least 1995, the suit claimed, bloc voting by whites has resulted in the defeat of every Latino candidate.
About 56 percent of students in the district are Latino, according to the district’s website. Ramos “will give that community a new voice in the affairs of the district,” Brewer said. Ramos’ attorneys at Brewer Storefront previously challenged other area voting practices, including in Grand Prairie ISD and the city of Grand Prairie, which in July agreed to redraw its single-member districts to create two Hispanic-based districts.
A member of our School Board should not have to resign to place someone in that spot who has never tried to run for school board. If they can do this, what's the next step, where will it stop. If you have questions call Camille at (972) 492-1509. We will also be calling our School board members and need your help. We urgently need your help to voice your opinion of this unbelievable turn that is about to happen with our school board. If you would like to speak for 1-3 minutes at the meeting, please respond to this email (Or reply on the contact page if you are viewing this on our website) so we can know how many will be speaking.