|Board member, Lancaster School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|High school||Quartz Hill High School|
|Bachelor's||Antelope Valley College|
Chris Grado is an induction coordinator with the Antelope Valley Union High School District. He graduated from Quartz Hill High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Antelope Valley College. He later earned his Master's degree in Education and another in Literature from California State University: Northridge. He is married to his wife Monica and they have two children. He and his wife also own three dry cleaners in the Antelope Valley area.
On November 5, 2013, Chris Grado, Sandy Price and Diane V. Grooms defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the Lancaster School District Board of Education.
|Lancaster School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Diane V. Grooms||18.6%||2,193|
|Nonpartisan||William "Bill" Buck||13.9%||1,640|
|Nonpartisan||John Michael Rosario||7.2%||850|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" Accessed December 13, 2013|
Grado did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Chris Grado did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
On November 3, 2009, three seats on the Lancaster School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Chris Grado, Keith Giles and Diane V. Grooms defeated three challengers.
|Lancaster School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2009, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Diane V. Grooms||19%||2,307|
|Nonpartisan||Debra Marie Cook-Lewis||15.8%||1,915|
|Nonpartisan||Joseph "Joe" Weissburg||8%||966|
|Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Lancaster School District Voter Information" Accessed September 30, 2013|
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the President and Board Clerk. Incumbent President Chris Grado, Clerk Diane V. Grooms, and member Keith Giles filed seeking re-election.
Test cheating allegations
On September 23, 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported Piute Middle School in Lancaster School District had been accused of wrongdoing after more than 70 students reported a teacher had worked through test questions on the chalk board. More than half also reported that the teacher "stated it was OK to go back and correct their answers." The report was gathered along with reports of misconduct from other districts, which showed the cases of cheating were usually isolated, with one teacher acting alone. The investigation remains ongoing, while the math teacher in question remains on administrative leave. After a preliminary statement and a two and a half hour interview it was determined the teacher encouraged students to go back and change their answers.
About the district
Lancaster underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. It has the same percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma as the rest of the state of California. The median household income in Lancaster was $52,290 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 16.5% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Lancaster was 20.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 80.8% of Lancaster residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.
- Lancaster School District, "BOARD OF TRUSTEES," Accessed September 30, 2013
- La Vote.net, "LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL CONSOLIDATED ELECTIONS - 11/5/2013" Accessed September 30, 2013
- Howard Blume LA Times, "Schools lose academic ratings after claims of cheating," September 23, 2013
- Document Cloud, "STAR Program Irregularity Report," Accessed September 30, 2013
- US Census Bureau "Lancaster, California Quick Facts" Accessed August 29, 2013
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- US Census Bureau "Baldwin Park, California Quick Facts" Accessed August 23, 2013