Ella Jefferson

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Ella Jefferson
Board President, Alief Independent School District, Position 4
Former member
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Master'sPrairie View A&M University
ProfessionRetired Educator/Administrator
Ella Jefferson previously held Position 4 on the Alief Independent School Board of Education, where she is also Board President. She lost election to challenger Michael Bennett on November 5, 2013.


Jefferson received her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and her Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Prairie View A&M University. She spent 17 years as a teacher in Alief ISD and is currently a Unit Administrator at Houston Community College.[1]



See also: Alief Independent School District elections (2013)


Alief Independent School District, Position 4, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Bennett 50.5% 3,368
     Nonpartisan Ella Jefferson Incumbent 49.5% 3,306
Total Votes 6,674
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


Jefferson was not endorsed in this campaign.


Jefferson reported no contributions or expenditures to the Texas Ethics Commission.[2]


Alief Independent School District, Position 4, 3-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElla Jefferson 55.6% 4,370
     Nonpartisan Tammi Lovetro Sturm 44.4% 3,496
Total Votes 7,866
Source: Cumulative Report, 2009 Joint Election," accessed October 8, 2013

What was at stake?

Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those elections were for Positions 4, 5, 6 and 7.[3]

Issues that have faced the district in the past have been school funding, student testing and accountability, local governance and control (including vouchers and school tax credits) and federal issues.[4]

About the district

Alief Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Alief ISD is located in Houston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[5] Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Houston underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 74.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $44,124 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Houston had a poverty rate of 21.5%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Houston city (%) Texas (%)
White 50.5 70.4
Hispanic or Latino 43.8 37.6
Black or African American 23.7 11.8
Asian 6.0 3.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7

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.[6]

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