Barbara E. Humphrey

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Barbara E. Humphrey
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Former candidate for
Syracuse Board of Education, At-large
PartyGreen Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSUNY Albany
ProfessionResearch coordinator
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Barbara E. Humphrey was a candidate for an at-large position on the Syracuse Board of Education in New York. She did not win a seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. Humphrey campaigned for universal pre-kindergarten courses, restoration of the Joint Construction Board and using schools as centers of community life.


Humphrey earned a B.A. in History Education from SUNY Albany in 1969. She has worked as a social studies teacher and served on the city's Community Development Block Grant Program. Humphrey is currently the Research Development Coordinator at Upstate Medical University. She has been active with community groups like the Wescott Neighborhood Association and the Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice. Humphrey served on the 17th Ward Democratic Committee until she switched to the Green Party in 2011. She has two sons who graduated from district schools.[1]



See also: Syracuse City School District elections (2013)


Humphrey unsuccessfully sought election to the board against incumbent Patricia Body and fellow challengers David Cecile, Derrick L. Dorsey and Edward J. McLaughlin. She was designated as the Green Party candidate in the race by the Syracuse Green Party in May 2013.[2]


Syracuse City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Cecile 30% 12,336
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Body Incumbent 23.9% 9,834
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDerrick L. Dorsey 23.4% 9,611
     Republican Edward J. McLaughlin 15% 6,177
     Green Barbara E. Humphrey 7.6% 3,115
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 82
Total Votes 41,155
Source: Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Onondaga County Board of Elections on December 18, 2013.


Humphrey reported no contributions or expenditures to the New York State Board of Elections.[3][4]


Humphrey earned the endorsement of the Greater Syracuse Labor Council of the AFL-CIO on September 4, 2013.[5]

Campaign themes



Humphrey listed the following themes on her campaign website:[6]

Restoring fiscal equity

"Comply fully with the Education Budget and Reform Act of 2007 that extended the ruling in CFE vs. State of New York to all children in the state by ensuring equity funding by establishing a relationship between state aid, students’ needs and a district’s ability to raise revenue."

Restoring Joint Schools Construction Board

"Provide adequate representation by the School Board on the JSCB. In 2012, the number of members of the School Board on the JSCB was reduced from three to one and their method of appointment was taken away from the Board President and given to the Superintendent. The 2012 JSCB membership provision should be overturned to permit a return to membership by three Commissioners appointed by the President of the Board."

Speaking up for Syracuse and its communities

"Recreate Syracuse schools into Syracuse schools and community centers."

Speaking up for Syracuse students and families

"Adopt Student Declaration of Rights (NYC) that affirms treatment of students with dignity and respect and guarantees them basic rights to recess, food, bathroom and water breaks."

Speaking up for Syracuse Educators

"Recognize teachers as educational professionals and affirm that role."

Student discipline

During an October 7, 2013 candidate forum, Humphrey explained her views on disciplinary issues in district schools:[7]

"I'm calling right now for a total moratorium on suspensions based upon . . . minor behavioral infractions. It's totally outrageous. Schools need to have ways of dealing with the kids, not throwing them out of school. ISS (in-school suspension) certainly is a higher priority for kids if they absolutely cannot be in a classroom."

What was at stake?

Patricia Body was the only incumbent who sought re-election to the board in 2013 with former members Calvin Corriders and Richard Strong not filing for re-election. Body was joined by challengers David Cecile and Derrick L. Dorsey as Democratic candidates, all of whom won. Edward J. McLaughlin ran as a Republican in the November 5, 2013 election while Barbara E. Humphrey received the Green Party nomination. Both lost their election bids.[8]

Academic performance struggles

A major issue facing district schools in 2013 was consistent struggles with academic performance as measured by the New York State Testing Program. Syracuse City School District was measuring at least 20 percentage points below state proficiency averages across grades 3 through 8 and high school for English Language Arts and Mathematics.[9] In August 2012, the Board of Education adopted a five-year plan proposed by Superintendent Sharon Contreras to address this issue by 2017.[10]

About the district

See also: Syracuse City School District, New York
Syracuse City School District is located in Onondaga County, New York
Syracuse School District is based in Onondaga County, which is located in north-central New York. The population of Syracuse was 145,170 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[11]


Syracuse lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.9%) exceeded the state average (32.5%). The U.S. Census calculated Syracuse's median income at $31,689 while the state median income was $56,951. Syracuse had a poverty rate of 32.3% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 14.5%.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2012[11]
Race Syracuse (%) New York (%)
White 56.0 65.7
Black or African American 29.5 15.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 0.6
Asian 5.5 7.3
Two or More Races 5.1 3.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.3 17.6

Party Registration, 2012[12]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total Voters
Democratic Party 114,807 37.2
Republican Party 92,634 30.0
Unaffiliated 77,995 25.3
Independent Party 15,494 5.0
Conservative Party 5,019 1.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[13][14]

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  1. (dead link) Barb for Board, "About," accessed September 9, 2013
  2. (dead link) Barb for Board, "Barbara Humphrey Designated as Green Party Candidate for Syracuse City School Board, May 26, 2013
  3. New York State Board of Elections, "Contribution Search," accessed December 23, 2013
  4. New York State Board of Elections, "Expenditure Search," accessed December 23, 2013
  5. (dead link) Barb for Board, "Barbara Humprey Has Been Endorsed by the Greater Syracuse Labor Council - AFL-CIO!," September 4, 2013
  6. (dead link) Barb for Board, "Issues," accessed September 9, 2013
  7., "Syracuse residents pepper candidates with questions, mostly about schools," October 8, 2013
  8., "Big field of candidates line up for Syracuse school board," April 10, 2013
  9. New York State Education Department, "State Report Card," accessed September 5, 2013
  10., "Syracuse school board adopts five-year plan to improve schools, student performance," August 22, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Syracuse," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. New York State Board of Elections, "Voter Enrollment by County," accessed September 5, 2013
  13. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  14. 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.