Pankaj Jain believes the deck is stacked against him as an Asian-American living in Coppell ISD's attendance zones. Jain, originally from India, has filed a lawsuit against the district, alleging that the way it elects its board members leaves Asian-Americans disenfranchised in a district in which they represent a majority of the population. "The Asian-American population in Coppell represents a huge part of the Coppell ISD student population, and yet these students and their community are denied representation on this school board," said Jain, a professor who teaches in the Philosophy and Religion Department at the University of North Texas. Coppell elects its school board members through an at-large process. The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Texas' Dallas Division court by the Brewer Storefront, the community service legal affiliate of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. The suit claims that the district's method dilutes the minority vote and allows whites to vote in a bloc because candidates are elected by the entire voting population instead of voters in smaller geographic areas within the district. The lawsuit calls for single-member voting districts in Coppell like those that have been established after Brewer filed similar lawsuits in Grand Prairie and Carrollton-Farmers Branch.
- Dallas Morning News, September 22, 2016