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Sarah L. Browning

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Sarah L. Browning
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 2
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCentral High School
Bachelor'sNew England College
J.D.Franklin Pierce Law Center
ProfessionPolicy and law administrator
Sarah L. Browning was a candidate for the Ward 2 seat on the Manchester Board of School Committee. She received enough votes in the primary election on September 17 to proceed but lost in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Sarah Browning resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. Browning attended Central High School, which is a part of Manchester School District.[1] She graduated with a B.A. from New England College in Political Science, and earned her J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, which is now the University of New Hampshire School of Law.[1] Browning worked for Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC and the New Hampshire General Court before taking on her current position as a policy and law administrator at the New Hampshire Department of Education.[2]



See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)


General election
Manchester School District, Ward 2 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDebra G. Langton Incumbent 60.1% 813
     Nonpartisan Sarah L. Browning 39.3% 532
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 8
Total Votes 1,353
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013
Primary election
Manchester School District, Ward 2 Primary Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDebra G. Langton Incumbent 55.8% 414
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSarah L. Browning 33.3% 247
     Nonpartisan Carol-Ann J. Giovanni 10.9% 81
Total Votes 742
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed December 18, 2013


Browning reported $100 in contributions and $1343.20 in expenditures to the City of Manchester, which left her campaign $1243.20 in debt.[3]


Sarah Browning did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

In a campaign video for Manchester TV, Browning stated the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

"I am running for a seat on the school board because I believe it is time to start a new conversation with educators, administrators, parents, and students. The delivery of public education in the twenty-first century is currently undergoing a major transformation. As a result of the leadership of our state Board of Education and our Commissioner, New Hampshire has been and continues to be a national leader in that change. As the largest city in the state, Manchester has the resources to be a leader among school districts within the state in implementing these changes and creating innovations that will serve the distinct educational needs of the students in our public schools."

What was at stake?

At-large incumbents Kathy Staub and David M. Wihby sought re-election, as well Sarah S. Ambrogi, Debra G. Langton, Chris Stewart, Ted Rokas, Dan Bergeron, Erika Connors, Arthur J. Beaudry and John B. Avard in their respective wards.[4] Incumbents Roy Shoults, Dave Gelinas, Jason Cooper and Roger Beauchamp did not file for re-election and were replaced by Amy L. Bradley, Ross Terrio, Katie Desrochers and Constance "Connie" VanHouten in Wards 4, 7, 11 and 12, respectively. The only incumbent to be ousted was Dan Bergeron in Ward 6, who was beaten by challenger Robyn M. Dunphy.

District audit

On June 26, 2013, Curriculum Management Systems published its audit of the Manchester School District. The district spent $40,000 to commission the report, which criticized the size of the fifteen-member school board and its two-year terms as causes of instability in the district.[5] The audit states that, "Declining student enrollment, funding reductions, board disharmony, aging school facilities, and disparities in student performance have been long-standing issues facing the district."[6] The auditors acknowledge that, "...the educational program a student experiences at one school may differ widely from the education a student receives at another school," and recommend that the school board create "written policies, plans, and procedures to provide a foundation for a consistent educational program" across the district.[6] Board member Arthur J. Beaudry did not agree with all of the findings and recommendations in the audit, arguing that, "The board is reluctant to pursue big changes too much because that's seen as micromanaging. So they back up, or at least some board members do."[5]

Common Core

On April 29, 2013, the school board voted to approve an $83,900 contract to train district elementary and middle school teachers in the Common Core standards for English and math.[7] Local education activist Deborah Olszta criticized the vote and Common Core, stating, "Every student in the country is going to be doing same thing at same time. China can do this sort of thing, but in America, this is supposed to be an open and free-thinking society."[7] Debra G. Langton and Arthur J. Beaudry voted against the contract, with Langton questioning the necessity of the contract in light of existing budgetary issues in the district.[7]

About the district

See also: Manchester School District, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The county seats are Manchester and Nashua. Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[8] In the 2011-2012 school year, Manchester School District was the largest school district in New Hampshire and served 14,680 students.[9]


Hillsborough County overperformed compared to the rest of New Hampshire in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.6 percent of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 33.1 percent for New Hampshire as a whole. The median household income for Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The percentage of people below poverty level for Hillsborough County was 7.5 percent while it was 8.0 percent for the state of New Hampshire.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Hillsborough County (%) New Hampshire (%)
White 91.9 94.4
African American 2.5 1.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.0

Hillsborough County Party Affiliation, 2013[10]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42

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.[11] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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