Dana F. Coleman
|Dana F. Coleman|
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|Candidate, Antelope Valley Union High School District|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Antelope Valley High School|
|Associate's||Antelope Valley College|
|Profession||High School Teacher|
Dana F. Coleman is a high school biology teacher. He has served in Antelope Valley Union High Schools as a teacher, coach, and tutor since 1995. He graduated from Antelope Valley High Schools and received his associated degree from Antelope Valley College.
On November 5, 2013, Robert Michael Dutton, Sr., Dana F. Coleman and Barbara Willibrand defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education.
|Antelope Valley Union High School District Board of Education, General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Robert Michael Dutton, Sr.||19.5%||9,140|
|Nonpartisan||Dana F. Coleman||19.3%||9,081|
|Nonpartisan||James T. "Jim" Lott||16.8%||7,876|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013|
Coleman has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
About the district
Lancaster underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. It has the same percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma as the rest of the state of California. The median household income in Lancaster was $52,290 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 16.5% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Lancaster was 20.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 80.8% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013.
Underperforming charter school
In 2011, the California Charter School Association (CCSA) recommended ten charter schools not have their charters renewed by their individual school districts. The Los Angeles County Online High School under the authorization of Antelope Valley Union High School District was included in this list. In order to meet the CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal a charter school must have been in operation for a minimum of four years and meet on of the following:
- Academic Performance Index (API) score of at least 700 in most recent year
- 3-year cumulative API growth of at least 50 points (2010-11 growth + 2009-10 growth + 2008-09 growth)
- Within range of or exceeding predicted performance based on similar student populations statewide, for at least two out of the last three years, based on CCSA's metric, the Similar Students Measure.
Despite these recommendations, the Los Angeles County Online High School remains in operation.
- LinkedIn, "Dana Coleman" accessed August 29, 2013
- US Census Bureau, "Lancaster, California Quick Facts" accessed August 29, 2013
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- US Census Bureau, "Baldwin Park, California Quick Facts" accessed August 23, 2013
- California Charter School Association, "CCSA Calls for the Non-Renewal of 10 Charter Schools as a Result of Academic Underperformance" accessed August 29, 2013