Ballotpedia's 2014 school board election coverage plan

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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.

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Our coverage

In 2014, 665 of America's largest school districts held elections for 2,169 seats. These elections took place in 37 states.

The 13 states in which the largest districts by enrollment did not hold elections in 2014 were Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, 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
  • Endorsements
  • 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 immediately release a document that is an unofficial list of candidates -- meaning it could contain some candidates who ultimately either withdraw or are disqualified prior to the primary. In these situations, Ballotpedia staff added links to these lists and added names of candidates to election pages within one month of the list being released. Profiles were then built for the final list of candidates.

However, in other situations, states and counties did not release any compiled list of candidates until weeks or even months have elapsed past the deadline. In these situations, Ballotpedia staff worked to build as many candidates profiles as possible based on news reports and direct contact with candidates and government offices.

Primary elections

As each primary took place, Ballotpedia staff indicated the winners and losers within 24 hours of the primary. Candidates in a primary then had an election box added to their profile.

Example: Jeff Simon

Following the primary, the district's election overview page was updated to indicate which candidates would appear in the general election. The timing of the results varied by state and county.

Example: Buffalo Public Schools elections (2014)

General elections

See also: List of school board elections in 2014

As each general election took place, Ballotpedia staff updated election overview pages with check marks (Green check mark transparent.png) to indicate the winner of each race. Election result boxes were then added to the candidate and election overview pages once official results became available.

Original analysis

Throughout the election season, Ballotpedia staff created 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 was at stake in each race, with a particular emphasis on the November general election.

United States

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Colorado did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Hawaii did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Iowa did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Kansas

Kansas did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maine did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Maryland

Massachusetts

Massachusetts did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Hampshire did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

New Jersey

New Mexico

New Mexico did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Ohio did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Oklahoma

Oregon

Oregon did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Vermont did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

Virginia

Washington

Washington did not hold any top enrollment school board elections in 2014.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming