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This style guide describes how to add the About the district section to a school board candidate page on Ballotpedia.

About the district

This section provides more information about the location of the school district and the demographics of the surrounding region.

The section starts with an indented and italicized "See also" link to the school district page. Below that, there is a map image showing where the district's city or county is located in the state. You can typically find state maps highlighting particular counties through Wikimedia Commons.

The first text paragraph in this section includes the following:

  • The county in which the district is located
  • The location of the county seat of government
  • The number of residents in the county, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates
  • The relative enrollment size of the district compared to other districts in the state

Demographics

The second text paragraph of this section is under the "Demographics" subheader. This paragraph includes the following comparative information from the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • The percentage of county and state residents who have earned a college degree
  • The median household incomes of county and state residents
  • The poverty rate in the county and the state

After this paragraph, the following two tables are included:

  • The left-side table includes a comparison of the racial demographics of the county and state, which is pulled from the U.S. Census Bureau
  • The right-side table includes statistics on either political party registration in the county and state, or the vote totals from the most recent three presidential elections, which is pulled from either the county government website or the secretary of state website

Below these two tables, include the {{School census}} template. This provides a disclaimer explaining how the statistics in the left-side table are generated.

Installation

==About the district==
:: ''See also: [[DISTRICT PAGE]]''
[[File:IMAGE NAME|200px|thumb|left|link=DISTRICT PAGE|DISTRICT NAME is located in COUNTY NAME, AP STATE ABBREVIATION.]] DISTRICT NAME is located in DIRECTION [[STATE]] in [[COUNTY NAME, STATE|COUNTY NAME]]. The county seat is CITY. The county was home to an estimated ###,### residents in YEAR, according to the United States Census Bureau.<ref name=Census>[http://www.uscensuswebsite.gov ''United States Census Bureau,'' "COUNTY NAME, STATE," accessed MONTH DAY, YEAR]</ref> DISTRICT NAME is the [[Largest school districts in the United States by enrollment|##-largest school district]] in [[STATE]], serving #,### students during the YEAR-YEAR school year.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/elsi/tableGenerator.aspx ''National Center for Education Statistics,'' "ELSI Table Generator," accessed MONTH DAY, YEAR]</ref>

===Demographics===
COUNTY NAME OVERPERFORMED/UNDERPERFORMED in comparison to the rest of STATE in terms of higher education achievement in YEAR. The United States Census Bureau found that ##.# percent of county residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to ##.# percent for STATE as a whole. The median household income in COUNTY NAME was $##,### compared to $##,### for the state of STATE. The poverty rate was ##.# percent compared to ##.# percent for the entire state.<ref name=Census/>

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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" |'' YEAR Party Affiliation, COUNTY NAME<ref>[http://www.countywebstie.gov ''WEBSITE NAME,'' "WEBPAGE NAME," accessed MONTH DAY, YEAR]</ref>
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Party
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{{School census}}

Example

See also: Jim Shuttleworth

About the district

Arlington Central School District is located in Dutchess County, N.Y.
Arlington Central School District is located in south-east New York in Dutchess County. The county seat is Poughkeepsie. The county was home to an estimated 296,916 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]

Demographics

Dutchess County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New York in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 32.5 percent of county residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 32.8 percent for New York as a whole. The median household income in Dutchess County was $71,508 compared to $57,683 for the state of New York. The poverty rate was 9.1 percent compared to 14.9 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Dutchess County (%) New York (%)
White 82.7 71.2
Black or African American 10.7 17.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 3.7 8.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 11.0 18.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Dutchess County[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 63,031 34.08
Republican 55,502 30.01
Independent 10,891 5.89
Constitution 3,635 1.97
Working Families 842 0.46
Green 471 0.25
Other 74 0.04
Unaffiliated 50,512 27.30

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 United States Census Bureau, "Dutchess County, New York," accessed April 10, 2014
  2. New York State Board of Elections, "NYS Voter Enrollment by County, Party Affiliation and Status - Voters Registered as of November 01, 2013," accessed April 10, 2014
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.