AUSTIN (AP) – Texas lawmakers have expressed skepticism on whether 15 elected members on the State Board of Education are enough for a state the size of Texas.

Each board of education member represents more than 1.6 million people and two districts cover 35 or more counties. Redistricting Committee Chairman Burt Solomons said he doubted whether those 1.6 million could be effectively served by just one person.

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But School Board Chairwoman Barbara Cargill said she felt the board did a good job and said she was opposed about making the board larger. She said she maintains an e-mail list for 4,500 people. Her district covers 24 counties and 139 school districts.

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Several lawmakers expressed amazement that the board members could properly represent their districts. School board members are part-time, unpaid officials.

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