Ballotpedia's 2014 school board election coverage plan
Welcome to Ballotpedia’s one-stop source for information about the 2014 school board elections. On this page you can find comprehensive, unbiased coverage of candidates and elections, including links to every state’s general election page on Ballotpedia and unique election reporting.
If you have any questions about school board elections, please contact Daniel Anderson.Click here for an index of all School Board related Ballotpedia reports.
In 2014, we will cover elections for 2,153 school board seats in 670 of the thousand largest American school districts, as measured by enrollment. These elections will take place in 39 states. The 11 states in which the largest districts by enrollment will not hold elections in 2014 are Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington.
Our candidate pages
There are two types of candidates: current officials who are running for office and new candidates who do not currently hold an office we cover on Ballotpedia. We strive to provide you, our reader, with the following information for all candidates:
- Clear biographical information, including education
- Who the candidate is running against and when the election will be held
- Photo of the candidate
- Campaign logo
- Campaign themes
- Campaign finance information
- Links to their campaign website, Facebook candidate pages and Twitter accounts (where available)
- Election results
Signature filing deadlines
A mixture of states and counties set deadlines for when local candidates must declare for election. Once the filing deadline passes, the state or county will verify signatures and issue an official list of candidates document. The timing of a document like this varies for each state and county. Some states and counties will immediately release a document that is an unofficial list of candidates -- meaning it could contain some candidates who ultimately may either withdraw or be disqualified prior to the primary. In these situations, Ballotpedia staff will add links to these lists and add names of candidates to election pages within one month of the list being released. Profiles will then be built for the final list of candidates.
However, in other situations, states and counties do not release any compiled list of candidates until weeks or even months have elapsed past the deadline. In these situations, Ballotpedia staff will work to build as many candidates profiles as possible based on news reports and direct contact with candidates.
As each primary takes place, Ballotpedia staff will indicate the winners and losers within 24-48 hours of the primary. Candidates in a primary will then have an election box added to their profile.
- Example: Jeff Simon
Following the primary, the district's election overview page will be updated to indicate which candidates will appear in the general election. The timing of the results will vary by state and county.
- See also: List of school board elections in 2014
As each general election takes place, Ballotpedia staff will update election overview pages with check marks () to indicate the winner of each race. Election result boxes will then be added to the candidate and election overview pages once official results become available.
Throughout the election season, Ballotpedia staff will create analysis pages and articles regarding the school board races. For example:
- Election news reports prior to general elections highlighting the most competitive races and detailing what is at stake in each race, with a particular emphasis on the November general election.
Colorado will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Hawaii will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Iowa will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Kansas will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Maine will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Massachusetts will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Ohio will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Oregon will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Pennsylvania will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Vermont will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.
Washington will not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.