DALLAS (AP) - Dallas school board trustee Joe May, who gained attention last week for proposing that the district explore hiring illegal immigrants to address a growing shortage of bilingual teachers, has died. He was 61.
A school district spokesman says that May died last night after being taken to Baylor University Medical Center.
The district has not given a cause of death yet, but May's sister, Cecilia Moreno, told The Dallas Morning News for its Saturday online editions that May died of a heart attack.
May got attention last week over his proposal to recruit college-educated illegal immigrants who are already in the country and qualify for the district's emergency teaching certification program.
May was elected to the Board of Trustees in August 2002.
Born in Laredo, May was chosen as the panel's second vice president in May 2004 and served on the board's policy and education committees.