Texas Board of Education May Expand

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Updated: 4/17/2012 7:01 pm
A key Texas lawmaker wants more seats and smaller districts for the State Board of Education. Each of the 15 state board members currently represents more than 1.6 million people. Lubbock's board member, Bob Criag, is stretched among more than 70 counties from the Panhandle to the Big Country.

Craig says he faces a challenge.

"Well we try to do the best we can, whether or not it's as good as we would like. Obviously it's difficult because I have no staff other than, of course I practice law, and I have my legal assistant that helps me, but as far as the state paying for anything and having a staff person like a Senator or a Representative would, we do not. So, it makes it challenging, no question about it." Craig said.

Texas House Redistricting Committee Chairman Burt Solomons, a Republican from Carrollton, says he doubts one person can effectively serve 1.6 million people. The Board of Education's Chairwoman Carbara Cargill, a Republican from The Woodlands, opposes adding more seats.
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