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Coretta Mallet-Fontenot
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Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 9
Former Candidate
High schoolS.F. Austin High School
Bachelor'sTexas Southern University
Master'sTexas Southern University
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Coretta Mallet-Fontenot was a candidate for the District 9 seat on the Houston Independent School Board. She lost election of the seat to challenger Wanda Adams on November 5, 2013. Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall chose not to seek re-election of his seat.


Mallet-Fontenot attended elementary through high school at HISD schools. She has both her Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in Education from Texas Southern University. She is currently a second grade teacher at James H. Law Elementary School.[1]



See also: Houston Independent School District elections (2013)


Houston Independent School District, District 1, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnna Eastman Incumbent 78% 7,878
     Nonpartisan Hugo Mojica 22% 2,222
Total Votes 10,100
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Unofficial Results," accessed November 5, 2013

Campaign themes

Mallet Fontenot states that the her campaign platforms are pushing for "more teaching, less testing," ensuring "that Distict 9 schools receive their 2012 allocated bond funds," providing "quality, consistent programming that flows from elementary-high school" and improving "the teacher appraisal and development system."[2]

What was at stake?

Trustees made the decision in May 2013 to change the magnet school policy now say that some campuses will lose a combined $2.3 million in extra funding next year. HISD is still struggling with the deep budget cuts in public education from 2011 and a property tax rate that is about to go up to fund pay raises and the district's Apollo program.[3]

Five seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those seats were for Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 9. Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall decided not to run for re-election of District 9.

About the district

Houston Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Houston ISD is located in Houston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 US Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[4] 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%.[4]

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