FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/15/2013
REYNOLDS FILES LEGISLATION TO CREATE SINGLE-MEMBER DISTRICTS FOR FORT BEND ISD
AUSTIN (January 15, 2013) State Representative Ron Reynolds (Fort Bend County, District 27) files HB 527 which will create single-member districts for the Fort Bend Independent School District Board (FBISD). This bill will require that each board member be elected in single districts instead of the current at-large system. "The members of our school board should to be more reflective of the culturally rich diverse make up of our community", stated Reynolds.
The FBISD is one of the most culturally diverse school districts in the state of Texas, it is a majority-minority district. The current student population is: African Americans make up 30.95%, Hispanics 24.48%, Asians 22.57% and Whites 22.57%. However, only one (1) out of the seven (7) FBISD trustees is a minority.
"One of the chief advantages of single-member districts is that they have been a very effective method of affording minority voters an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice", stated Reynolds. "Additionally, strengths of single-member districts rest in the close ties between representatives and constituents, the accountability of representatives to the voters, and constituency service".
Surrounding school districts like Houston and Lamar Consolidated ISD currently use single- member districts. Moreover, and even more compelling our Fort Bend County state representatives, county commissioners and city council members are elected from single districts. "One of the main reasons that I decided to file this bill was because of numerous complaints from constituents and community stakeholders from the east side of my district that they weren't getting adequate representation for east Fort Bend schools", said Reynolds.
"FBISD's antiquated at-large system is no longer beneficial to our students and families. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the 83rd Legislature so that we can implement single-member districts that will be representative of the diverse people in our community", stated Reynolds.
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