Joseph K. Chang

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Joseph K. Chang
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Board member, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2001
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNational Taiwan University
Master'sUniversity of South Carolina
Ph.D.Northwestern University
Personal
ProfessionEngineering and Mathematics Professor
Websites
Office website
Joseph K. Chang is an at-large member of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Trustees. He was first elected to the board in 2001 and he won re-election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Joseph K. Chang is an engineering and math professor that has served on the school board for several terms. Chang earned his Bachelor's degree from Taiwan National University and his Master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He also earned his Ph.D in engineering sciences from Northwestern University.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Hacienda La Puente Unified School District elections (2013)

Joseph K. Chang ran against five other candidates including fellow incumbent Anthony Duarte for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013 candidates Penny Fraumeni, Joseph K. Chang, and G. Anthony Duarte defeated three challengers.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPenny Fraumeni 22.8% 3,097
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph K. Chang 21.3% 2,905
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngG. Anthony Duarte 19.7% 2,676
     Nonpartisan Jeffrey De La Torre 13.9% 1,892
     Nonpartisan Henry E. Gonzales 13% 1,767
     Nonpartisan Bryan Coreas 9.3% 1,270
Total Votes 13,607
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

Chang did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Joseph K. Chang did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2009

On November 3, 2009, three seats on the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Rudy R. Chavarria, Anita Perez, and Joseph K. Chang defeated two challengers.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2009, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRudy R. Chavarria 23.3% 3,442
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnita Perez 22.9% 3,387
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph K. Chang 22.4% 3,311
     Nonpartisan Henry E. Gonzales 16.8% 2,480
     Nonpartisan Mike Itow 14.7% 2,169
Total Votes 14,789
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 26, 2013

2005

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2005, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnita Perez 25.1% 9,975
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRudy R. Chavarria 20.6% 8,205
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph K. Chang 18% 7,156
     Nonpartisan Felicia F. Minardi 17% 6,742
     Nonpartisan John M. Eckman 14.2% 5,665
     Nonpartisan Ramla Eleaze Kimbrew 5.1% 2,014
Total Votes 39,757

2001

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2001, 2001
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph K. Chang 29.5% 4,141
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnita Perez 24.6% 3,452
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngFelicia F. Minardi 19.6% 2,755
     Nonpartisan Henry E. Gonzales 14.4% 2,018
     Nonpartisan Alicia Velazquez 12% 1,683
Total Votes 14,049

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seat of the Board Clerk. Incumbents Anthony Duarte and Dr. Joseph K. Chang filed seeking re-election, they were opposed by four challengers.

Issues

District Attorney’s Investigation Probe

On September 19, 2013 District Attorney Jackie Lacey sent a letter requesting the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District present documents including economic interest forms filed by school board members Gino Kwok and Dr. Joseph Chang. The forms declare gifts or other compensation received from outsiders. The letter also requested forms related to a report on possible wrongdoing of the foreign exchange student program. The report detailed accounts of students being exposed to physical and verbal abuse as well as host homes with inadequate food and heating. The report is set to focus on four trips Chang took to China with former school board member, Norman Hsu. Hus is listed as the CEO of BELA Educational Group listed as paying for three of the four trips. BELA is a private company that charges students to attend local high schools. BELA would collect approimately $15,000 or more for a student to attend a local high school. Hacienda La Puente USD had one of the lowest tution fees at $12,900 with the board voting against raising tuition to $14,000, a vote which Chang and Kwok voted against. Hacienda La Puente hosted about 20 foreign exchange students from China. Chinese families pay about $30,000, including $15,000 for tuition, fees for SAT prep classes, visa processing, and room and board. Hsu served on the Hacienda La Puente school board for over 20 years, but declared he was not involved in any of the activities within the school district. At the September 25, 2013 meeting of the HLPUSD School Board, the board scheduled a censure of board member Chang.[3][4]

About the district

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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Industry, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, Los Angeles is home to 3,792,621 residents.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Los Angeles (%) California (%)
White 49.8 57.6
Black or African American 9.6 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 11.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 4.6 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 48.5 37.6

Demographics

Los Angeles underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, of percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. Los Angeles outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Los Angeles was $50,028 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 30.5% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Los Angeles was 20.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 73.9% of Los Angeles residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[7]

See also

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, California
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District elections (2013)

External links

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