John L. Foley
|John L. Foley|
|Board Member, Worcester School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 1999|
|Next general||November, 2015|
|High school||Auburn Senior High School|
John Foley resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Foley graduated from Auburn Senior High School before receiving his Bachelor's degree in Government from Dartmouth College in 1975. He is employed as the vice president of government and community affairs and campus services for Clark University, and he serves on the university's board of trustees.
John Foley won re-election against eight other candidates to 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|
|Nonpartisan||Brian A. O'Connell Incumbent||15.3%||8,146|
|Nonpartisan||John L. Foley Incumbent||13.9%||7,385|
|Nonpartisan||John F. Monfredo Incumbent||12.2%||6,465|
|Nonpartisan||Dianna Biancheria Incumbent||11.9%||6,305|
|Nonpartisan||Tracy A. O'Connell Novick Incumbent||11.8%||6,247|
|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|
|Source: Worcester, Massachusetts, "Election Summary, Municipal Election," accessed December 18, 2013|
John Foley began the race with an existing account balance of $787.71 from his previous campaigns. He reported $2,445.00 in contributions and $686.00 in expenditures to the Worcester Election Commission, which left his campaign with $2,546.71 on hand.
|Worcester Public Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Brian A. O'Connell Incumbent||13.3%||9,074|
|Nonpartisan||John L. Foley Incumbent||13.3%||9,065|
|Nonpartisan||Dianna L. Biancheria Incumbent||12.1%||8,258|
|Nonpartisan||John F. Monfredo Incumbent||11.1%||7,565|
|Nonpartisan||Tracy A. O'Connell Novick Incumbent||10.3%||6,974|
|Nonpartisan||Donna M. Colorio||10%||6,768|
|Nonpartisan||Mary J. Mullaney Incumbent||9.9%||6,735|
|Nonpartisan||Todd Mark Salmonsen||6.2%||4,220|
|Nonpartisan||John A. Trobaugh||5.1%||3,486|
|Source: Worcester, Massachusetts, "Election Summary, Municipal Election," accessed September 25, 2013|
During a candidate forum held on September 25, Foley criticized a proposal made by Donna M. Colorio to open an exam school in the district for high-performing students. He argued that exam schools do not tend to confer significant benefits to enrolled students, especially in comparison to the cost of the school. Foley added that transferring high-performing students to an exam school would also harm the schools from which they transferred.
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 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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Clark University, "Board of Trustees," accessed September 26, 2013
- Facebook, "Jack Foley," accessed September 26, 2013
- Worcester, Massachusetts, "Campaign Finance Filings," accessed December 23, 2013
- Jacqueline Reis, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Teachers union announces endorsements," September 23, 2013
- Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Endorsements for Worcester School Committee," November 3, 2013
- Worcester Magazine, "Endorsements in the City Council and School Committee 2013 elections," October 31, 2013
- Steven H. Foskett Jr., Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Worcester school board candidates address hot topics," September 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Worcester County, Massachusetts," accessed September 25, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed September 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014