Carolyn Edwards

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Carolyn Edwards
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Board member, Clark County Board of Trustees, District F
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 8
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 10, 2014
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEarlham College
Master'sRutgers University
Websites
Office website
Carolyn Edwards represents District F on the Clark County Board of Trustees in Nevada. She was first elected to the board in 2006. Edwards and challenger Ralph Krauss defeated against Ileetha J. Groom in a primary election on June 10, 2014. Edwards and Krauss will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Edwards holds a B.A. from Earlham College and a M.S.W. from Rutgers University. She worked as a family therapist in Virginia for a decade prior to moving to Las Vegas in 1992. Edwards has been involved with district schools as a volunteer and a former president of the Gray Elementary School PTA. She and her husband, Charles, have two children who graduated from district schools.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Clark County School District elections (2014)

Opposition

The November 4, 2014 general election ballot features three races for the Clark County Board of Education. Incumbent Stavan Corbett will face Kevin Child in the District D race. The District F race includes incumbent Carolyn Edwards and challenger Ralph Krauss. District G incumbent Erin E. Cranor is running for re-election against Joe Spencer.

Results

Clark County School District, District F Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Edwards Incumbent 55.2% 7,729
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Krauss 31.9% 4,467
     Nonpartisan Ileetha J. Groom 12.9% 1,801
Total Votes 13,997
Source: Nevada Secretary of State, "County Results Clark," accessed June 11, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Funding

Edwards has reported $22,578.57 in contributions and $6,203.48 in expenditures to the Nevada Secretary of State, leaving her campaign with $16,375.09 on hand as of June 6, 2014.[2]

Endorsements

Edwards has not received any official endorsements as of April 23, 2014.

2010

Clark County School District, District F General Election, 4-year term, November 2, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Edwards Incumbent 59.3% 41,854
     Nonpartisan Ken Small 40.7% 28,722
Total Votes 70,576
Source: Clark County Registrar of Voters, "Historical Election Results and Related Data," accessed March 17, 2014

What's at stake?

Issues in the election

State ethics investigation

Local resident and District G candidate Joe Spencer filed complaints against four board members to the Nevada Commission on Ethics in late 2013. Spencer claimed that Erin E. Cranor, Linda Young, Chris Garvey and Deanna Wright used district resources to support a property tax increase in 2012. The complaints included emails sent by district secretaries asking for volunteers to promote a $669 million tax measure that was ultimately defeated. State law allows board members to advocate for ballot measures but they are not allowed to use district personnel or resources for advocacy. Spencer also filed a complaint against school district attorney Carlos McDade with the State Bar of Nevada for his approval of the advocacy emails that has not been resolved as of April 23, 2014. The Nevada Commission on Ethics ruled on February 21, 2014 that Cranor's actions did not "willfully violate" state law and no penalty was issued.[3]

Spencer's ethics complaints echoed a similar complaint filed by Ken Small against board member Carolyn Edwards in 2013. The ethics commission was scheduled to hold a hearing in November 2013 but ended the investigation with an undisclosed settlement after McDade's role in approving the advocacy emails became clear.[4]

Issues in the district

ACLU lawsuit over bullying incidents

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada has filed lawsuit on behalf of two Clark County parents related to bullying incidents at Greenspun Junior High School in 2011. The lawsuit filed with the Eighth Judicial District Court in April 2014 claims that the district failed to address frequent harassment of two 13-year old boys who attended the school. Parents Mary Bryan and Aimee Hairr claim that their sons were physically harmed and verbally harassed in their band class between August 2011 and February 2012. Bryan argues that she attempted to work with the school starting in September 2011 to protect her son but received no response from the principal, band instructor or counselor. Hairr also attempted to contact the district regarding attacks against her son but claims that the district failed to remedy the issue. Bryan and Hairr ultimately removed their students from the school in February 2012 after the district failed to develop appropriate safety measures. The ACLU lawsuit argues that the district violated the equal protection rights of both students.[5]

The lawsuit by Bryan and Hairr followed the suicide of Hailee Lamberth on December 12, 2013. Lamberth was a student at White Middle School who was harassed by a fellow student only a few weeks before committing suicide. Hailee's father, Jason, was not told about the bullying incidents and only learned the details when he requested her student records. The ACLU case and the story of Hailee Lamberth both feature academic manager Andre Long. Long has been blamed by Lamberth for his failure to provide adequate information prior to his daughter's suicide. Bryan suggested that Long failed to follow through on promises to provide assistance after bullying incidents.[5]

State investigation into cheating

The Nevada Department of Education conducted a two-year investigation into allegations of cheating on state tests by employees of Matt Kelly Elementary School. These allegations stemmed from a significant jump in proficiency scores by students at Kelly Elementary between 2011 and 2012. The state's findings published in April 2014 found that the district failed to maintain accurate records of personnel responsible for test administration in 2012. District officials were also criticized for failure to conduct a more rigorous investigation of test irregularities. Score results from 2012 have been invalidated and district administrators will conduct testing at Kelly Elementary in 2014. The district has responded by placing Associate Superintendent Andre Denson and two school administrators on indefinite paid leave pending review of the report.[6]

Graduation rate inflation

Clark County School District's high school graduation rates were investigated by state officials following a significant jump in 2013. The district's graduation rate jumped by 10 percent in 2013, which contributed to an eight-percent increase for the state graduation rate. State officials worked with the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate the district's calculation of graduation rates. This evaluation found that the district excluded high school seniors who transferred into adult education programs without earning diplomas or earned high school equivalency degrees not considered diplomas when calculating graduation rates. Federal officials asked school administrators across the country to calculate graduation rates by following each freshman class through a four-year period. This policy was not strictly followed by state education officials, who allowed districts to exclude adult education students from the four-year graduation rate. The adjusted rate for 2013 would likely be at least three percent less than the inflated rate, according to state officials. The 2013 graduate rates will not be adjusted though the addition of omitted students in 2014 will likely contribute to a drop in graduation rates.[7]


About the district

See also: Clark County School District, Nevada
Clark County School District is located in Clark County, Nevada
Clark County School District is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, the county seat of Clark County. Clark County is home to 2,027,868 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[8] Clark County School District is the largest school district in Nevada, serving 313,398 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[9]

Academic performance

Nevada students in grades three through eight complete Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT) each year to determine proficiency in math and reading. Clark County School District fell below the state average for meeting or exceeding math standards in four out of six grade levels. District schools only surpassed state averages for meeting or exceeding reading standards among fourth-grade students. The district also fell below state standards for science testing among students in grades five and eight.[10]

Budget

Clark County School District's total budget for the 2013-2014 school year was $3.2 billion. This was the largest operating budget for any school district in Nevada. The district spent 67.2 percent of its budget on staff expenses, 15.1 percent on debt service, 8.5 percent on student services, 8.3 percent on operational expenses and 1 percent on miscellaneous expenses.[11]

Demographics

Clark County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Nevada in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.1 percent of Clark County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.2 percent for Nevada as a whole. The median household income in Clark County was $54,218 compared to $54,083 for the state of Nevada. The poverty rate in Clark County was 14.2 percent compared to 14.2 percent for the entire state.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Clark County (%) Nevada (%)
White 73.2 77.1
Black or African American 11.3 8.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.6
Asian 9.4 7.9
Two or More Races 4.1 3.8
Hispanic or Latino 29.8 27.3

Party registration, 2014[12]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 345,420
Republican 241,454
Nonpartisan 138,302
Other 44,328
Total 769,504

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[13]

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