What's at stake?
Five seats are up for election on the Houston Independent School District board on November 5, 2013. Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 9 are currently held by Board President Anna Eastman, Assistant Secretary Michael L. Lunceford, Greg Meyers, Harvin C. Moore and Lawrence Marshall, respectively. Members elected to the board are scheduled to serve four-year terms.
About the districtHouston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According the the 2010 US Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents. Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.
In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Houston underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 74.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $44,124 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Houston had a poverty rate of 21.5%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Houston city (%)||Texas (%)|
|Hispanic or Latino||43.8||37.6|
|Black or African American||23.7||11.8|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.7||0.7|
|Two or More Races||3.3||2.7|
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