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This style guide describes how to add a campaign themes section to a school candidate page on Ballotpedia.

Campaign themes

The campaign themes section outlines the major themes of a candidate's campaign in their own words. This section includes an introductory sentence pointing out the source of the campaign themes. A series of excerpted quotes within call-out boxes fills out the remainder of this section. The quotes are arranged in the order they are found on a candidate's website or profile.

A candidate's campaign themes can be found at the following sources:

  • Candidate website
    • Sections titled About, Issues, Why I'm Running are common.
  • Newspaper profiles of candidates
  • Transcripts of candidate forums

The excerpts are followed by a school quote template that states "Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors."

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==Campaign themes==
===CURRENT ELECTION YEAR===
CANDIDATE LAST NAME'S campaign website listed the following campaign themes for ELECTION YEAR: 

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Example

See also: Ronda Scholting

Campaign themes

2013

Scholting's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

Changing Direction in our Schools

"In Douglas County, our schools are slipping. The School Board voted to lower graduation requirements, decrease instructional time in the classroom, and our schools lost the Colorado Department of Education’s most distinguished accreditation. The School Board also approved a staggering salary of nearly $300,000 for the superintendent, one of the highest in the country. And the district gave top administrators huge bonuses and pay increases. At the same time, they are asking parents and community members for more and more. This is wrong and it’s time for change. It’s time for us to re-focus dollars in the classroom and on the level of education we deliver as a district."

Student Achievement

"This is the single most important issue in our District. If our students aren’t achieving, our community will not grow and businesses will not thrive. We have to make sure all of our students, regardless of their abilities, or background, have access to a high-quality 21st century education.

The basic subjects of reading, writing and math, are the cornerstones to learning and the best course we have to prepare our graduates for college or the workforce. I will be an advocate for ensuring that our students have the best opportunity to achieve and grow." 


School Choice

" Parents and their students should have choices when it comes to public education. Douglas County’s outstanding charter schools have been, and will continue to be, cutting edge and innovative destinations for students who prefer a non-traditional setting. At the same time there are families that prefer our traditional neighborhood schools, the foundation of the District. We need to make sure those schools stay vibrant and continue to ground the Douglas County community"

Teachers and Principals

" The teachers and principals who have daily contact with each and every one of our students are the strongest influence on academic success. We need great teachers in every classroom and quality principals in every school. Those mentors need resources to give students the tools to achieve at the highest level. We need to focus our attention on what’s happening during the school day and how we can help teachers and principals help our students reach their goals."

Pay for Performance

"Like the employees who work in most every business and at every level of government, teachers and principals should be evaluated on a regular basis. The evaluations need to be fair and consistent and we need to have a clear idea of what it means to be “highly effective.” Expectations need to be set and met. The goal is hiring and retaining the best teachers and principals we can to ensure top tier student achievement."

Budget and Transparency

" Public schools run on public dollars. Taxpayer dollars that should be invested in creating excellent schools that graduate exceptional students. We need to know how our money is spent and why. We need to eliminate those programs that are not working and continue to fund those that are working. The District and the School Board must work as a partner with taxpayers. An important piece of this is ensuring the discussions about our schools and budget occur in public during regular board meetings."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


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