A lawsuit has been filed challenging Grand Prairie ISD's
at-large system of electing school board members.
The suit, filed in a U.S. District Court, claims the
at-large system is unfair to Hispanic voters in the district and violates the
Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit seeks to have the current voting system thrown
out and a new plan created.
The suit says 64 percent of the district is Hispanic and 14
percent is white, but all members of the school board are white.
In Saturday's municipal elections, incumbent Terry Brooks
beat challenger Gloria Carillo by 18 points.
Local firm Bickel and Brewer filed the suit on Monday. The
firm has previously filed Voting Rights Act suits against Farmers Branch and
Irving city councils and Irving ISD.
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