|Board member, Oklahoma City Board of Education, District 5|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||February 11, 2014|
|First elected||February 10, 2010|
|Next general||February 2018|
|High school||Crooked Oak High School|
|Other||Rose State College|
Veales earned her high school diploma from Crooked Oak High School in 1975. She took courses for software certification at Rose State College between 1991 and 1998. Veales worked as an executive secretary for the Urban League for 14 years. She currently works as an administrative assistant for the City of Spencer Police Department. Veales is active in community organizations including the John H. Bouman Youth Camp and the Grand Parents Raising Grandchildren Academy. She has three adult children and 13 grandchildren.
Ruth Veales ran unopposed for the District 5 seat in the general election scheduled for February 11, 2014. Her seat was not listed on the ballot due to the lack of opposition.
As of January 15, 2014, Veales did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Veales did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
Veales defeated 21-year incumbent Thelma Parks for the District 5 seat on February 10, 2010. She won with 72.5% of the vote.
What was at stake?
Two seats on the board were up for election on February 11, 2014. District 5 incumbent Veales won re-election without opposition. Incumbent Ron Millican won re-election in District 7 against challenger Wilfredo Santos-Rivera.
Issues in the district
Removal of school administrators
On January 10, 2014, Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez announced plans to remove at least ten school administrators in response to poor records of academic performance. Lopez promised significant changes in an early January meeting with school board members after the publication of state educational assessments. A November report by the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction found that 65 out of 93 district schools experienced decreased test scores from previous years. Lopez has also promised placement of at least 100 district officials into schools to spur academic improvement. The superintendent's plan has gained support from board members including Lynne Hardin and Bob Hammack.
About the district
- See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.0% of Oklahoma City residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 23.2% for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in Oklahoma City was $45,704 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Oklahoma City was 17.6% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.
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.
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- Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 15, 2014
- LinkedIn, "Ruth Veales," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "Candidate Information," accessed January 15, 2014
- The Oklahoman, "Incumbents fall in Oklahoma City school elections," February 10, 2010
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- United States Census Bureau, "Oklahoma City, Oklahoma," accessed January 15, 2014
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- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Oklahoma City Public Schools Elections|
|Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Election date:||February 11, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 5: • Ruth Veales|
District 7: • Ron Millican • Wilfredo Santos-Rivera
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|