Betty Bracey Dixon
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Dixon earned a B.A. in history from Meredith College. She worked as a teacher with district schools for 35 years prior to her retirement.
Betty Bracey Dixon lost her election bid to the Central district seat against Jeff Stodghill in the general election on May 6, 2014.
|Newport News Public Schools, North General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Jeff Stodghill Incumbent||50.7%||1,748|
|Nonpartisan||Betty Bracey Dixon||49.1%||1,694|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014|
Dixon reported $684.31 in contributions and $648.47 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, leaving her campaign with $35.84 on hand prior to the election.
Dixon did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
Dixon lost her re-election bid against Shelly A. Simonds in the general election on May 1, 2012.
|Newport News Public Schools, Central General Election, 4-year term, May 1, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||Shelly A. Simonds||52.5%||1,657|
|Nonpartisan||Betty Bracey Dixon||47%||1,483|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "May 2012 City Election Official Results," accessed March 17, 2014|
Dixon explained her campaign themes for 2012 in an interview with the Daily Press:
—Daily Press, (2012), 
What was at stake?
Issues in the election
April 24 candidate forum
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a candidate forum at the district's administration building on April 24, 2014. The forum featured tense discussions between moderators Bill Thomas and Pat Woodbury and candidates answering questions about academic performance, student assessments and anti-gang efforts in the district. Board member Jeff Stodghill stated that the district had made progress on improving academic performance over the past four years. Thomas, the director of government relations at Hampton University, criticized Stodghill's optimistic view and cited poor performance by students at local colleges as an example of the district's struggles. Curtis D. Bethany III expressed concerns about the difficulty level of the state's Standard of Learning assessments, which led Thomas to state that state assessment examples he reviewed were simple.
Woodbury, a member of the Newport News City Council, questioned candidates about the school board's willingness to support the city's anti-gang violence initiatives. She suggested that district officials discourage teachers from seeking disciplinary action against students to avoid damaging the district's reputation. Dixon argued that gang activity is more commonplace in district schools than is reported. Fellow incumbent Pricillia E. Burnett advocated for alternative education options for gang members rather than seeking criminal punishment.
About the district
- See also: Newport News Public Schools, Virginia
Newport News underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.9 percent of Newport News residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 34.7 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Newport News was $50,744 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Newport News was 14.5 percent compared to 11.1 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.
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- Daily Press, "Betty Dixon," April 19, 2012
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Reporting," accessed April 22, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Daily Press, "Sharp exchanges between candidates, moderators mark Newport News School Board debate," April 24, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Newport News, Virginia," accessed February 11, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 1, 2014
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed February 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Newport News Public Schools Elections|
|Newport News, Virginia|
|Election date:||May 6, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Curtis D. Bethany III • Gary B. Hunter • Rick E. Jones, Jr.|
South: • Carlton S. Ashby
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|