Derrick L. Dorsey

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Derrick L. Dorsey
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Syracuse Board of Education, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolCorcoran High School
Personal
ProfessionNon-profit director
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.

Biography

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

Elections

2013

See also: Syracuse City School District elections (2013)

Opposition

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]

Results

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.

Funding

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

Endorsements

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

Campaign themes

2013

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]

Demographics

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, 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.[13]

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