Curtis D. Bethany III
|Curtis D. Bethany III|
|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Newport News School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 6, 2014|
|High school||Woodside High School|
|(dead link) Campaign website|
Bethany attended district schools including Reservoir Middle School and Woodside High School. He is currently studying accounting and finance at Old Dominion University. Bethany has volunteered time with local chapters of the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity.
Curtis D. Bethany III sought election against Gary B. Hunter and Rick E. Jones, Jr. in the general election on May 6, 2014. At-large incumbent Debbie Johnston did not file for re-election by the March 4, 2014 deadline.
|Newport News Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Gary B. Hunter||40.3%||3,569|
|Nonpartisan||Rick E. Jones, Jr.||39.8%||3,529|
|Nonpartisan||Curtis D. Bethany III||19.2%||1,698|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014|
Bethany reported $1,510.00 in contributions and $778.86 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, leaving his campaign with $731.14 on hand prior to the election.
Bethany did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
Bethany listed his themes for 2014 on his campaign website:
Strengthen collaboration between students, parents, and teachers
Actively support schools in their efforts to expand PTA membership and outreach
Implement more targeted methods to help students and parents plan for life after high school
Establish robust peer-to-peer programs to foster academic achievement and student leadership
Provide excellent services to promote the success of Special Needs Students
Strengthen community ties
Strengthen student viability in today's job market
Hold career fairs, forums, and panel discussions focusing on career opportunities, career planning, and fields that are in-demand
Incorporate Financial Literacy into the curriculum
Focus efforts to promote student achievement in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
—Curtis D. Bethany's campaign website, (2014), 
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. Bethany 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. Board member Betty Bracey 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Friends of Curtis Bethany, "Meet Curtis," accessed March 17, 2014 (dead link) (dead link)
- 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.
- (dead link)vision Friends of Curtis Bethany, "Visions," accessed March 17, 2014
- 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|