|Spokane Public Schools, Position 1|
|Years in position||8|
|Board Vice President|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Washington State University|
Chapin earned her nursing degree from Washington State University. She has been a registered nurse since 1979 and currently serves as Infection Control Coordinator at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Chapin has two children who graduated from Spokane Public Schools.
- See also: Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)
Chapin sought re-election to the Position 1 seat on the Board of Directors without opposition on November 5, 2013.
|Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, Position 1, Six-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Susan Chapin Incumbent||96.8%||32,169|
|Source: Spokane County Elections, "Election Results," November 26, 2013|
Chapin reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
|Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, 2007|
|Source: Spokane County Elections|
Chapin provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet for Spokane County:
"I seek re-election to continue my work on increasing graduation rates, expanding classroom program options, maintaining a strong presence of the arts in our schools and providing challenging academic programs that prepare all students for a successful life after graduation. I commit to assuring good stewardship of your tax dollars. My first term on the Board is proof that these are promises I will keep. As a parent and lifelong Spokane resident I know firsthand what our schools have meant to me, our community and their impact on the lives of our children for generations to come."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
A current discussion within the district deals with the development of charter schools. A statewide initiative passed in November 2012 allowing 40 charter schools in public school districts by 2017. Superintendent Shelley Redinger has advocated the creation of charter schools since her appointment in 2012 and the district applied to the state to develop authorized charter programs. The Washington State Board of Education approved Spokane as the first district with charter school authorization powers on September 11, 2013.
About the district
- See also: Spokane Public Schools, Washington
Spokane lags behind state averages for median income, higher education achievement and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (29.2%) is below the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Spokane's median income at $41,466 while the state median income was $58,890. Spokane had a poverty rate of 18.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.
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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- Washington school districts
- Spokane Public Schools, Washington
- Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)
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- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Spokane County Elections, "November 6, 2007 General Election," accessed August 5, 2013
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- Spokane County Elections, "Online Voters Guide," accessed September 20, 2013
- The Spokesman-Review, "Spokane Public Schools step closer to charter schools," July 10, 2013
- Yakima Herald, "State board empowers Spokane district to OK charter schools," September 12, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Spokane," accessed August 5, 2013
- Washington Secretary of State, "Pre-2004 Election Results," accessed August 5, 2013
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- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014