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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 9, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWanda Adams 71.2% 8,005
     Nonpartisan Clyde Lemon 18.1% 2,040
     Nonpartisan Coretta Mallet-Fontenot 10.7% 1,200
Total Votes 11,245
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


Mallet-Fontenot was not endorsed in this campaign.


As of October 28, 2013, Mallet-Fontenot had received $2,280 in campaign contributions and expended $1,875.81.[2]

Campaign themes

Mallet Fontenot stated 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."[3]

What was at stake?

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.

HISD board members disagree on the best means of using scarce district resources to meet the various needs of the many students enrolled. Regardless of their debate over methodology, candidates from both districts agree that their top priority ought to be maintaining accountability and high standards for their districts. Houston ISD is still struggling with the deep budget cuts in public education imposed in 2011 and adjusting to a narrowly approved tax rate increase.[4] The increase aims to help fund pay raises, as well as the district's Apollo reform program, which allows for specially hired tutors and longer school days.[5] Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall of Houston's District 9, did not seeking re-election and is currently under FBI criminal investigation for allegedly taking vendor money.[6]

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 U.S. Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[7] 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%.[7]

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