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Douglas F. Arbetter

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Douglas F. Arbetter
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Worcester School Committee, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDoherty Memorial High School
Campaign website
Douglas F. Arbetter campaign logo
Douglas F. Arbetter was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Worcester School Committee. He did not win a seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Douglas Arbetter resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Arbetter graduated from Doherty Memorial High School in 2009 and is currently a senior at George Washington University, studying International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health.[1] He has interned with both Congressman Jim McGovern's office and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.[1]



See also: Worcester Public Schools elections (2013)


Douglas Arbetter ran unsuccessfully against eight other candidates for one of six at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Worcester Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian A. O'Connell Incumbent 15.3% 8,146
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Foley Incumbent 13.9% 7,385
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn F. Monfredo Incumbent 12.2% 6,465
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDianna Biancheria Incumbent 11.9% 6,305
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy A. O'Connell Novick Incumbent 11.8% 6,247
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHilda Ramirez 11.4% 6,053
     Nonpartisan Donna M. Colorio Incumbent 10.6% 5,654
     Nonpartisan Robert J. Cohane 7.5% 3,981
     Nonpartisan Douglas F. Arbetter 5.5% 2,908
Total Votes 53,144
Source: Worcester, Massachusetts, "Election Summary, Municipal Election," accessed December 18, 2013


Douglas Arbetter reported $2,250.00 in contributions and $2,128.09 in expenditures to the Worcester Election Commission, which left his campaign with $121.91 on hand.[2]


Douglas Arbetter received an endorsement for his campaign from the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund.[3]

Campaign themes

Arbetter's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[4]


It is important that students are being encouraged, not discouraged from taking a rigorous course load. Many students who do not qualify for reduced Advanced Placement (AP) Exam fees often have to make the decision to not take as many AP courses as they would like because of the financial burden the exams have on their families ($89/exam). This means that our students can not be as competitive as they could be applying to college. Therefore, the Worcester Public Schools, in partnership with the Worcester Educational Development Foundation should provide funding opportunities for qualified students taking three or more AP exams in a single academic year.


Expand High School Social Science Curriculum

  • For college-bound students, taking introductory economic courses and introductory civics courses in high school would make them competitive applicants, as well as competitive students
    • Offering these courses would also open the doors for students to expand their Advance Placement options
  • For career-bound students, taking introductory economic courses, financial literacy courses and introductory civics courses at the high school level would allow them to have a basic, but an important understanding of concepts such as banking, government, and taxation.

Expand Nontraditional Learning Opportunities for High School Students

  • Increase the number of students participating in dual enrollment programs at local colleges. These programs give students experience learning in college settings and provide them opportunities to take unique courses not offered in high school.
  • Increase the number of students participating in Virtual High School courses. Virtual High School allows for students to take courses that cannot currently be offered in the school.
  • Offer an International Baccalaureate program for students who wish to be academically challenged by the IB curriculum and acquire college credit in high school outside of the Advanced Placement program.

Expand the World Language Program

  • Increase the courses of Mandarin Chinese offered; up to the AP level
  • Offer globally significant languages such as Arabic and German
  • Offer community significant languages such as Vietnamese


  • Holding teachers accountable is important. But, putting a 100% of the blame on teachers when students are failing is not only unfair to the teachers but unfair to the students.
  • On page 101 of the FY13 budget, it is stated that "the teaching staff is responsible for ensuring that all students achieve college and career readiness skills." Teachers can not ensure that students are achieving college and career readiness skills when they are too afraid to intellectually challenge students because they fear of getting in trouble, and thus dumb down the material.
  • In order to solve this problem, administrators, teachers, parents and students need to be involved in the dialogue. Those affected by policies should be given opportunities to influence those policies. As a member of the School Committee I will ensure that this happens.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All six incumbents sought re-election to the board and faced three challengers. Hilda Ramirez made an unsuccessful bid for a board seat in 2011, while Douglas F. Arbetter and Robert J. Cohane are newcomers.

About the district

See also: Worcester Public Schools, Massachusetts
Worcester Public Schools is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts
Worcester Public Schools is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Worcester County is Worcester. According to the 2010 US Census, Worcester County is home to 806,163 residents.[5]


Worcester County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of poverty rates but under performed in terms of median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Worcester County was $65,772 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Worcester County was 9.9% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 33.3% of Worcester County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Worcester County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 88.4 83.7
Black or African American 5.0 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 4.3 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 9.8 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 145,412 29.28
Republican 63,915 12.87
Green-Rainbow 610 0.12
Unaffiliated 283,943 57.18
Other 2,686 0.54

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.[7]

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