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|Board member, Pasco County School Board, District 1|
|Years in position||9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 26, 2014|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 What was at stake?
- 4 About the district
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Allen Altman currently represents District 1 on the Pasco County School Board in Florida. He was first elected to the board in 2006. Altman ran unopposed and won re-election in the general election on August 26, 2014.
Altman currently works as an insurance agent.
- See also: Pasco County Schools elections (2014)
The August 26, 2014, general election in Pasco County featured three seats up for election. District 5 incumbent Steve Luikart won re-election, defeating challenger Marc Yacht. Fellow board members Allen Altman and Cynthia Armstrong ran unopposed and won their re-election bids in District 1 and 3, respectively.
Altman ran unopposed and won re-election by default.
Altman reported $5,800 in contributions and loans and $5,800 in expenditures to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections, as of July 22, 2014.
Altman received no official endorsements in this election.
Altman won re-election without opposition in 2010.
What was at stake?
Issues in the district
District removes novel from summer reading list
District officials removed Paper Towns, a 2008 novel by John Green, from summer reading lists based on a complaint from a parent on June 20, 2014. Joanne Corcoran sent an email to district administrators that outlined her concerns about the novel, including inappropriate language and discussions of sex by teenage characters. Corcoran had recently moved her 13-year old daughter from homeschooling to a middle school in the district. The complaint was distributed to curriculum experts and a decision was reached by June 23 to remove the book from summer reading lists. This decision was supported by board member Joanne Hurley, though district policy requires a longer review process by parents, experts and administrators. Corcoran noted after the decision that she wanted the district to provide advanced warning about mature themes in books and did not request removal of Paper Towns from reading lists. Green, who later authored The Fault in Our Stars, has responded to past objections about his books by stating that parents should be able to prevent their kids from reading certain books but shouldn't contribute to broader book bans.
About the district
- See also: Pasco County Schools, Florida
Pasco County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.0 percent of Pasco County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Pasco County was $43,787 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Pasco County was 13.7 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Tampa Bay Times, "Incumbent Allen Altman files papers to seek re-election to Pasco School Board," May 8, 2014
- Pasco County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Local Candidates," accessed July 22, 2014
- Tampa Bay Times, "Pasco school drops 'Fault in Our Stars' author's book after parent's email," June 24, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Pasco County, Florida," accessed July 7, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 7, 2014
- Pasco County Supervisor of Elections, "Active Voter Party/Race Analysis," July 7, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Pasco County Schools Elections|
|Pasco County, Florida|
|Election date:||August 26, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 1: • Allen Altman|
District 5: • Steve Luikart • Marc Yacht
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|