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State of Texas
Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds
News Release
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Reynolds Files HB 132 to Create Single-Member Districts for Fort Bend ISD

Last month a community meeting in House District 27 showed overwhelming support for the creation of single-member districts to elect school board trustees. I have filed HB 132 which will create single-member districts for the Fort Bend Independent School District Board. This bill will require that each board member be elected in single districts and one at large.

FBISD is Texas' seventh largest with close to 73,000 students. Out of the top eight school districts, only two do not have single member districts, FBISD being one of those.  Fort Bend ISD is the most diverse district in Texas, the student population is 32.08% African American, 27.22% Hispanic, 21.74% Asian/Pacific Islander and 15.29% White. Currently, there is only one African American trustee, one of Indian descent and no Hispanics.

Fort Bend's antiquated at-large system is no longer beneficial to our students and families. Fort Bend County state representatives, county commissioners, constables and city council members are all elected from single districts. Strengths of single-member districts rest in close ties between representatives and constituents, the accountability of representatives to the voters, and constituency service.

Focusing on "Real Solutions for All Texans" is our top priority. Texas kids deserve a quality public education. Quality schools start at the top with the leadership and our school boards. We need to invest in classrooms, not bathrooms.

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