|Spokane Public Schools, Position 2|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 6, 2007|
|J.D.||University of Virginia|
|Other||L.L.M, New York University|
Douthitt earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University. He later earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia and L.L.M. from New York University. Douthitt spent 18 years as a tax attorney before investing in 15 Great Clips salon franchises in eastern Washington. He has three children who have attended district schools.
- See also: Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)
Douthitt successfully sought re-election to the Position 2 seat on the Board of Directors. He ran against Sally Fullmer in the November 5, 2013 election.
|Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, Position 2, Six-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Bob Douthitt Incumbent||54.1%||22,971|
|Source: Spokane County Elections, "Election Results," November 26, 2013|
Douthitt reported $19,018.04 in contributions and $18,438.46 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with $579.58 on hand.
Douthitt's campaign website listed the following endorsements in the 2013 election:
- The Spokesman-Review
- George Nethercutt
- Nancy Fike
- Bill and Deborah Hyslop
- Don Barlow
- Matt Jones
|Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, 2007|
|Source: Spokane County Elections|
Douthitt's campaign website listed the following priorities for the 2013 campaign:
"Rigorous Academics, with high standards, the development of a strong work ethic, more program options (such as charter schools), and a renewed emphasis on civic learning, science and the arts. This would also include maximizing the benefit of full day kindergarten by extending the elementary school day 30 minutes."
"Budgeting by Strategic Priorities and not by Historical Precedent, with a focus on instruction in the classroom and much more disciplined program evaluation."
"Excellent Teaching, beginning with the belief each child can succeed, and including a meaningful evaluation system, smaller class size, more teacher and principal flexibility, and less standardized testing."
"Effective Community Partnerships with families, non-profits, businesses and general citizens, so each complement and support one another in developing the next generation of citizens."
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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- Spokane Public Schools elections (2013)
- Bob Douthitt for Spokane School Board, "About," accessed August 5, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed October 4, 2013
- Bob Douthitt for Spokane School Board, "Endorsements," accessed August 5, 2013 (timed out)
- Spokesman-Review, "Editorial: The Spokesman-Review’s choices for Tuesday’s election," November 3, 2013
- Spokane County Elections, "November 6, 2007 General Election," accessed August 5, 2013
- Spokesman-Review, "School board picks," October 13, 2007
- Douthitt for Spokane School Board, "Main," accessed August 5, 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
- Spokane County Elections, "Results and Statistics from Previous Elections," accessed August 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014