Dr. Jensen is currently the co-director of programming and implementation of the Southeast Regional T-STEM Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles, a master’s degree in biology from the University of Hartford, teaching certification from Sam Houston State University and a doctorate degree in educational curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University. She is the grandparent of three Spring ISD students.
|Spring Independent School District, Position 1, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Deborah Jensen Incumbent||100%||3,367|
|Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013|
Jensen was not endorsed in this campaign.
Jensen reported no contributions or expenditures to the Texas Ethics Commission.
|Spring Independent School District, Position 1, 3-year term, 2010|
|Nonpartisan||Lora Lee Hedrick||19.7%||3,141|
|Source: Cumulative Report, 2010 General and Special Elections Live," accessed October 8, 2013|
What was at stake?
Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 covering Positions 1, 2 and 3. The two incumbents in Positions 1 and 3 retained their seats, while newcomer Chris A. Bell was elected to the board in Position 2.
About the districtHarris County, Texas. The county seat of Harris County is Houston. Harris County is home to 4,092,459 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. In the 2011-2012 school year, Spring Independent School District was the 32nd-largest school district in Texas and served 36,513 students.
Harris County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.1 percent of Harris County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Harris County was $53,160 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Harris County was 17.9 percent compared to 17.4 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Meet the Trustees Accessed September 16, 2013
- Texas Ethics Commission Search Campaign Finance Reports, accessed December 26, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Harris County, Texas," accessed August 4, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed August 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "Harris County," accessed December 31, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014