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|Board member, Allentown City School District|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Ellen Bishop currently sits on the Allentown City school board. She was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and won re-election on November 5, 2013.
Bishop sought re-election for a seat on the Allentown City School Board. She ran against David Zimmerman, Debra Lamb, Mike Welsh and Kenneth Woolley Jr. for the election on November 5, 2013. The field was narrowed from six candidates to five candidates in a primary held on May 21, 2013.
|Allentown City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Cross filed||Mike Welsh||22.8%||6,184|
|Cross filed||David Zimmerman Incumbent||22.4%||6,092|
|Cross filed||Debra Lamb Incumbent||22.5%||6,111|
|Republican||Ellen Bishop Incumbent||19.1%||5,189|
|Democrat||Kenneth Woolley Jr.||13.3%||3,601|
|Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Allentown City School District," accessed December 12, 2013|
|Allentown City School Board of Directors Democratic Primary, 2013|
|Democrat||Ellen Bishop Incumbent||20.3%||1,774|
|Democrat||Debra Lamb Incumbent||20.1%||1,752|
|Democrat||David Zimmerman Incumbent||15.5%||1,350|
|Democrat||Kenneth R. Woolley Jr.||15%||1,308|
|Source: Municipal Primary-May 2013 from the Lehigh County Election Results released May 21, 2013|
Bishop reported no contributions or expenditures to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Department.
Bishop was first elected to the Allentown City School Board in 2009.
|Allentown City Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Cross Listed||Andrew Weiss||25.2%||8,210|
|Cross Listed||Ellen Bishop||25.1%||8,179|
|Cross Listed||David Zimmerman||25.1%||8,176|
|Cross Listed||Debra Lamb||24.5%||7,986|
|Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Allentown City School District School Director Election 2009,"|
According to an article written in The Morning Call, Bishop focused her campaign on getting district stakeholders to work together to find ways to provide opportunities and support for students to be successful in academic, artistic and athletic endeavors. Bishop is an advocate of district teachers and wants the district to continue on its goal of ensuring all students graduate with career or college readiness.
What was at stake?
Four seats, including Vice President Debra Lamb's, were at stake in this election. Debra Lamb, Ellen Bishop and David Zimmerman were seeking re-election while Andrew Weiss did not for another term. The three incumbents faced new-comers Mike Welsh and Kenneth Woolley Jr. for the four open seats. The board will continue to deal with the district's budget deficit as well as poor performance on state and federal assessment programs.
About the District
Allentown underperforms in educational achievement and median household income compared to the rest of the state. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (75.2%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%). The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Allentown (16.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Allentown is $35,737 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.
- Allentown City School District, Pennsylvania
- Allentown City School District elections (2013)
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- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- Pennsylvania Department of State Campaign Finance
- The Morning Call, "Six candidates seek four seats on Allentown School Board" accessed August 8, 2013
- Lehigh County Government Voter Registration, "Campaign Filing Reports, accessed December 17, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Allentown," accessed August 6, 2013 (dead link)
- Lehigh County, "Election Results," accessed August 6, 2013