Derrick L. Dorsey

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Derrick L. Dorsey
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Syracuse Board of Education, At-large
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCorcoran High School
ProfessionNon-profit director
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Derrick L. Dorsey is an at-large member of the Syracuse Board of Education. He first won election against four other candidates in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Dorsey graduated from Corcoran High School in 1986. He is currently the director of Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism.[1][2]



See also: Syracuse City School District elections (2013)


Dorsey won election to the board against incumbent Patricia Body and fellow challengers David Cecile, Edward J. McLaughlin and Barbara E. Humphrey. The Syracuse Democratic Committee designated Dorsey as one of three Democratic candidates during a May 4, 2013 vote.[3]


Syracuse City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Cecile 30% 12,336
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Body Incumbent 23.9% 9,834
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDerrick L. Dorsey 23.4% 9,611
     Republican Edward J. McLaughlin 15% 6,177
     Green Barbara E. Humphrey 7.6% 3,115
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 82
Total Votes 41,155
Source: Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Onondaga County Board of Elections on December 18, 2013.


Dorsey reported no contributions or expenditures to the New York State Board of Elections.[4][5]


Dorsey received the endorsement of the Post-Standard in the 2013 election.[6]

Campaign themes


Student discipline

During an October 7, 2013 candidate forum, Dorsey explained his views on disciplinary issues in district schools:[7]

"What we need to look at are the biases that educators bring to the classrooms, and the biases that principals have... I think it's a lack of connecting with the students. I think it's all about building relationships, not trying to inflict middle-class values on raised-poor children, and being able to identify with them."

What was at stake?

Patricia Body was the only incumbent who sought re-election to the board in 2013 with former members Calvin Corriders and Richard Strong not filing for re-election. Body was joined by challengers David Cecile and Derrick L. Dorsey as Democratic candidates, all of whom won. Edward J. McLaughlin ran as a Republican in the November 5, 2013 election while Barbara E. Humphrey received the Green Party nomination. Both lost their election bids.[8]

Academic performance struggles

A major issue facing district schools in 2013 was consistent struggles with academic performance as measured by the New York State Testing Program. Syracuse City School District was measuring at least 20 percentage points below state proficiency averages across grades 3 through 8 and high school for English Language Arts and Mathematics.[9] In August 2012, the Board of Education adopted a five-year plan proposed by Superintendent Sharon Contreras to address this issue by 2017.[10]

About the district

See also: Syracuse City School District, New York
Syracuse City School District is located in Onondaga County, New York
Syracuse School District is based in Onondaga County, which is located in north-central New York. The population of Syracuse was 145,170 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[11]


Syracuse lagged behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate in the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.9%) exceeded the state average (32.5%). The U.S. Census calculated Syracuse's median income at $31,689 while the state median income was $56,951. Syracuse had a poverty rate of 32.3% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 14.5%.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2012[11]
Race Syracuse (%) New York (%)
White 56.0 65.7
Black or African American 29.5 15.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 0.6
Asian 5.5 7.3
Two or More Races 5.1 3.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.3 17.6

Party Registration, 2012[12]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total Voters
Democratic Party 114,807 37.2
Republican Party 92,634 30.0
Unaffiliated 77,995 25.3
Independent Party 15,494 5.0
Conservative Party 5,019 1.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[13][14]

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  1., "Big field of candidates line up for Syracuse school board," April 10, 2013
  2. Interfaith Works of Central New York, "Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism," accessed September 9, 2013
  3. DemocracyWise, "Derrick Dorsey," accessed September 9, 2013
  4. New York State Board of Elections, "Contribution Search," accessed December 23, 2013
  5. New York State Board of Elections, "Expenditure Search," accessed December 23, 2013
  6., "Editorial endorsements: Our picks for Syracuse Board of Education," October 29, 2013
  7., "Syracuse residents pepper candidates with questions, mostly about schools," October 8, 2013
  8., "Big field of candidates line up for Syracuse school board," April 10, 2013
  9. New York State Education Department, "State Report Card," accessed September 5, 2013
  10., "Syracuse school board adopts five-year plan to improve schools, student performance," August 22, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Syracuse," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. New York State Board of Elections, "Voter Enrollment by County," accessed September 5, 2013
  13. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  14. 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.