Grace Baltich

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Grace Baltich
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Board Member, Anoka-Hennepin School Board, District 3
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolChamplin Park High School
Bachelor'sCollege of St. Benedict
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
Personal
ProfessionSocial worker
Websites
Campaign website
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Grace Baltich was a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Anoka-Hennepin school board. She did not win the seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. District 3 includes the communities of Champlin, Dayton and portions of Coon Rapids. She was also a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 36A of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Biography

Grace Baltich resides in Champlin, Minnesota with her husband. Baltich graduated from Champlin Park High School before receiving her Bachelor's degree from the College of St. Benedict and her Master's degree from the University of Minnesota. She is employed as a social worker and has served as a leader in multiple local labor organizations, including as president of AFSCME Local 2685 and as vice president of AFSCME Council 65.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Anoka-Hennepin School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Grace Baltich unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Bill Harvey for the District 3 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Anoka-Hennepin School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBill Harvey Incumbent 60.8% 1,275
     Nonpartisan Grace Baltich 38.5% 808
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 13
Total Votes 2,096
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 11 - Anoka-Hennepin," accessed December 17, 2013

Funding

Grace Baltich began the race with an existing campaign debt of $318.23. She reported $6,029.48 in contributions and $5,389.82 in expenditures to the Anoka County Office of Elections & Voter Registration, which left her campaign with $321.43 on hand.[2]

Endorsements

Grace Baltich received an official endorsement for her 2013 campaign from the Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota teachers union, but it was withdrawn on October 21 due to allegations that Baltich plagiarized parts of her campaign website.[3][4]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Baltich ran in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 36A. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14 and was defeated by Mark Uglem (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 36A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Uglem 51.1% 10,691
     Democratic Grace Baltich 48.9% 10,235
Total Votes 20,926

Campaign themes

2013

Baltich's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[7]

"I believe that a great education can open up a world of possibilities. The thought of my daughter receiving an education worth less than mine is disheartening. This is why I have consistently advocated for education funding reform to create predictable, sustainable, and equitable school investments for our children starting with early-childhood through higher education. With long-term reform, our classroom teachers and school leaders can create stronger programs to tackle the problems facing schools today."

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


2012

Baltich's 2012 website highlighted the following campaign themes:[8]

Fighting to put Minnesota on a path to prosperity

  • Excerpt: "I am running for State Representative because I am passionate about improving people’s lives. I know that we can work together to improve the quality of life we enjoy in Minnesota and preserve our commitment to greatness for the next generation."

Fighting for Middle Class Jobs

  • Excerpt: "I will fight to put Minnesotans back to work like we have for decades, by investing in our highly-educated workforce. We must expand job retraining and stop the ever-increasing barriers to higher education."

Fighting for World Class Schools

  • Excerpt: "I believe that a great education can open up a world of possibilities. The thought of my daughter receiving an education worth less than mine is disheartening."

Fighting for an Honest Budget

  • Excerpt: "I will always be open and honest about Minnesota’s budget situation. I oppose using one-time budget gimmicks to balance our state’s budget."

Fighting to Expand Freedom

  • Excerpt: "I oppose these amendments, not only because they embed discrimination into our state’s constitution, but also because they will deny basic freedoms to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans."

What was at stake?

Three seats on the school board were up for election on November 5, 2013.[9] Two incumbents, Bill Harvey in District 3 and Jeff Simon in District 6, sought and won re-election, while District 4 incumbent Michael Sullivan did not file for re-election. Harvey faced one challenger in Grace Baltich, but Simon ran unopposed. The vacant District 4 seat drew three competing newcomers in William Fields, Janelle Kirkeide and Paul Meunier. Neither the Chair nor the Vice Chair of the school board were up for re-election in 2013.

Campaign website plagiarism

On October 15, 2013, Grace Baltich removed posts from her campaign's Facebook page that were plagiarized from other sources without proper citation. Baltich released a statement following the incident saying, "Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that my campaign’s Facebook page had several postings that were not properly attributed to the original authors of the content. I would first like to apologize on behalf of my campaign for these unfortunate errors."[10] She denied knowledge of the plagiarism prior to the content's removal, but accepted responsibility for the error.[10] Word of the plagiarism began to spread to district parents via an e-mail chain, and local reporter Sarah Horner noted that several of the plagiarized passages originated from the National Education Association and the Ohio Department of Education websites.[3] This controversy resulted in the Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota teachers union rescinding its endorsement of Baltich.[4]

About the district

See also: Anoka-Hennepin School District, Minnesota
Anoka-Hennepin School District is partially located in Anoka County, Minnesota
Anoka-Hennepin School District is partially located in Anoka County, Minnesota. Thirteen suburban communities are a part of the school district, including some from Hennepin County, Minnesota.[11] The county seat of Anoka County is Anoka. According to the United States Census, Anoka County is home to 336,414 residents.[12] Anoka-Hennepin is the largest school district in Minnesota, serving 39,106 students during the 2010-11 school year.[13]

Budget

Anoka-Hennepin School District's total budget for the 2013-14 school year was $493.8 million. This was the second-largest budget of any Minnesota school district, following after only Minneapolis Public Schools' budget of $524.9 million.[14] The district spent 79.5% of its budget on staff expenses, 11.8% on operational expenses and 4.6% on servicing its debt. The remaining 4.1% of the budget went to student services and miscellaneous expenditures.[15] According to the United States Census Bureau, Anoka-Hennepin spent $9,862 per-pupil during the 2010-11 school year. That was the twelfth-largest amount out of the 18 Minnesota school districts counted among the largest school districts in the United States by enrollment.[16]

Academic performance

According to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment standardized test, Anoka-Hennepin's high school students outperformed statewide average scores in reading, mathematics and science. During the 2012-13 school year, 65% of the district's high school students compared to 62% of Minnesota high school students scored as proficient in reading. The percentages in mathematics and science were 55% compared to 52% and 62% compared to 53%, respectively.[17][18] Out of the 18 Minnesota school districts counted among the largest school districts in the United States by enrollment, Anoka-Hennepin ranked eighth in both reading and mathematics.[19]

Demographics

Anoka County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.8% of Anoka County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% for Minnesota as a whole. The median household income in Anoka County was $69,139 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Anoka County was 6.6% compared to 11.0% for the entire state.[12]

Racial Demographics, 2012[12]
Race Anoka County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 87.7 85.3
Black or African American 4.8 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.1
Asian 4.1 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.5 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[20]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 88,614 93,430
2008 86,976 91,357
2004 80,226 91,853
2000 68,008 69,256

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.[21]

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References

  1. Grace Baltich for All Kids - Anoka-Hennepin Dist. 11 School Board, "About Grace," accessed October 21, 2013
  2. Anoka County, Minnesota, "Campaign Finance Search," accessed December 17, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sarah Horner, TwinCities.com, "Anoka-Hennepin school board candidate accused of plagiarism online," October 18, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sarah Horner, TwinCities.com, "Anoka-Hennepin teacher's union withdraws school board candidate's endorsement," October 22, 2013
  5. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2012 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 19, 2012
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed June 19, 2012
  7. Grace Baltich for All Kids - Anoka-Hennepin Dist. 11 School Board, "Grace’s Priorities," accessed October 21, 2013
  8. Vote Grace Baltich, "Home," accessed June 19, 2012
  9. Sue Austreng, ABC Newspapers, "Six file for three seats on Anoka-Hennepin School Board," August 15, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Grace Baltich for All Kids - Anoka-Hennepin Dist. 11 School Board, "Parents Deserve to Know…," October 16, 2013
  11. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "General Information," accessed October 14, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 United States Census Bureau, "Anoka County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  13. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
  14. Minneapolis Public Schools, "Budget Documents," accessed December 3, 2013
  15. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "District Revenues and Expenditures," accessed December 4, 2013
  16. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 26, 2013
  17. Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
  18. Pioneer Press, "Anoka-Hennepin," accessed December 26, 2013
  19. Star Tribune, "Metro," accessed December 26, 2013
  20. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  21. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014