North Texas School District Settles Voting Rights Lawsuit

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Richardson Independent School District settled a lawsuit Thursday alleging violations of the Voting Rights Act.

The settlement agreement includes a reconfiguration of school board elections.

The district will shift to single-member districts for five of seven Richardson ISD trustee elections. Two remaining seats will maintain at-large election status.

The change comes after former RISD Trustee David Tyson filed suit, claiming the district’s at-large election process systematically blocked minority candidates from winning trustee elections.

Tyson is the only racial minority trustee elected to the RISD Board.

“It wasn’t working for people of color. The history shows it wasn’t happening. I was the only person of color to make it through that process,” Tyson said.

Sixty-percent of RISD’s student enrollment is comprised of Hispanic and…

Original published: 2019-01-17 19:12:32 Read the full Dallas News here

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