Victoria Straughn

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Victoria Straughn
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Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolHughes High School
Personal
ProfessionClinical studies assistant
Victoria Straughn was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Cincinnati Schools Board of Education. She was defeated in the November 5, 2013 general election.

Biography

Straughn graduated from Hughes High School in 1979. She currently works as a clinical studies assistant at the University of Cincinnati. Straughn is a board member for the Cincinnati Interfaith Worker Center and the Cincinnati chapter of the National Action Network.[1]

Elections

2013

See also Cincinnati Public Schools elections (2013)

Straughn sought election to the board against eight other candidates for four available seats on November 5, 2013.

Results

Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Bates Incumbent 18.1% 27,469
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEricka Copeland-Dansby 14.8% 22,455
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElisa Hoffman 13.8% 20,861
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Minera 10.9% 16,537
     Nonpartisan Marcia A. Futel 10.1% 15,368
     Nonpartisan Betsy Shank 9.7% 14,752
     Nonpartisan Martha Good 9.2% 13,909
     Nonpartisan Sally O'Callaghan 8.3% 12,621
     Nonpartisan Victoria Straughn 5% 7,540
Total Votes 151,512
Source: Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Elections, "Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

Straughn reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Campaign themes

2013

In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area, Straughn explained how she would improve district schools:[1]

"Demand more accountability from each school, engage civic leaders, parents and the community to assist with mentoring and volunteering in schools and homes. Teach outside of text book using real-world issues that our children are facing. Strengthen business and community partnerships that include school to career programs and internships. Creation of more Summer Enrichment Programs."


What was at stake?

Incumbent Melanie Bates was the only current member of the board seeking re-election in 2013. Eileen Cooper Reed and Catherine Ingram did not file for election and Vanessa White is seeking a seat on the Cincinnati City Council. Bates faced eight other candidates for four available seats on the board.

Issues

The district is contending with changing state standards for public schools embodied in the annual Ohio School Report Cards. Cincinnati Public Schools scored a C on the 2012-2013 report for overall performance and only met 45.8% of the state's performance indicators. Superintendent Mary Ronan and board members support strong standards though there is a concern that charter and private schools are not measured by the same standards.[3][4]

About the district

See also: Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Cincinnati Public Schools is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County and located in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 296,946 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]

Demographics

Cincinnati lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of median income and poverty rate while outpacing the state in higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 31% of Cincinnati residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Cincinnati had a median income of $34,104 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Cincinnati was 27.4% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Cincinnati (%) Ohio (%)
White 49.3 82.7
Black or African American 44.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 1.8 1.7
Two or More Races 2.5 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.8 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[6][7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.5 46.1
2008 53 46
2004 47 52.5
2000 46.3 50.1





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.[8]

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