James Tucker (Colorado)

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James Tucker
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Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sRust College
Master'sTuskegee University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Personal
ProfessionRetired teacher
Websites
Campaign website
James Tucker was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education in Colorado. He lost election to the board against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Tucker earned a B.A. in History and Political Science from Rust College. He later earned a M.Ed. in Counseling from Tuskegee University. Tucker served in the U.S. Army for three years and 18 years in the Colorado National Guard. He worked as a teacher in district schools for 24 years before his retirement in 2001. Tucker has been active with the Veterans of Foreign War and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. He also served as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Colorado Springs School District 11 elections (2013)

Opposition

Tucker, Al Loma and Charlie Bobbitt lost to LuAnn Long, Jim Mason and Linda Mojer for three at-large seats on the Colorado Springs school board up for election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Colorado Springs School District 11, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLuAnn Long Incumbent 21.3% 20,601
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Mason 18.7% 18,069
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Mojer 16.7% 16,191
     Nonpartisan Charlie Bobbitt 15.2% 14,696
     Nonpartisan Al Loma Incumbent 14.3% 13,854
     Nonpartisan James Tucker 13.9% 13,434
Total Votes 96,845
Source: El Paso County, Colorado "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013

Funding

Tucker reported $0.00 in contributions and $6,467.11 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $6,467.11 in debt.[2]

Endorsements

Tucker received the following endorsements during the 2013 campaign:[3]

  • Bob Null
  • Dr. Ruben Martinez
  • Dr. H. Malcolm Newton
  • Kevin Williams
  • Julie Reiskin

Campaign themes

2013

Tucker provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:[4]

Pressing issues in district

As a candidate I believe my 24 years of teaching experience is an asset to the school district and the community. It is my firm belief that every child deserves the best education the district can provide. School board members must ensure that each child will be able to compete in this complex and challenging world. The most pressing issues the district should address this year are student performance, focusing the budget for improving the quality of education for students, and ensuring that students are able to learn in a safe environment.

Anti-bullying policies

The district has revised the District Bullying Policies to define and identify targeted LGBT individual. As a board member it is my roll to ensure all students’ rights are protected, I will implement policies to ensure safety for all students and provide training for staff.

School choice

Charter schools are a choice but the voucher system is illegal by law. The decision would be based on if the charter school can provide a quality curriculum and opportunities for all students to succeed. I would also evaluate achievement and financial potential against standard.

District finances

Budgets should be used to improve classroom instruction to help students perform at their highest level. Central offices need to be staffed with essential functions only. Factors that should be considered when allocating cuts are how these cuts will effect the students as a whole.

Sex education

Classes should supplement paternal responsibilities and should be taught from a health perspective using scientific facts. Opt-out by parents must be a choice. Age and culture should also be factors in choosing appropriate classes.

What was at stake?

Incumbents Al Loma and LuAnn Long sought re-election to the board against challengers Charlie Bobbitt, Jim Mason, Linda Mojer and James Tucker. Incumbent Sandra Mann was ineligible to run for additional terms because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which says that no "elected official of any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."

Charter school review

In October 2013, district officials completed an annual assessment of seven charter schools based on performance during the 2012-2013 school year. The review looked at academic performance, financial responsibility and operational standards for each school. A report to the board on October 23, 2013 showed that six charter schools met or exceeded district standards. Space, Technology and Arts (STAR) Academy fell behind on several requirements of a probationary contract that lasts until June 30, 2014. This school is currently on a two-year probationary contract with the district due to lagging academic performance and failure to reduce operational costs. The board will decide in November if STAR Academy should receive an extension to meet standards as proposed by Superintendent Nicholas Gledich or allow the contract to expire.[5]

About the district

See also: Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
Colorado Springs School District 11 is located in El Paso County, CO
Colorado Springs School District 11 is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado in El Paso County. According to the 2010 US Census, Colorado Springs is home to 416,427 residents.[6]

Demographics

Colorado Springs lagged behind state averages for median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010. The average household income in Colorado Springs was $53,747 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Colorado Springs was 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 36.1% of Colorado Springs residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[6]


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