Ballotpedia exists to help readers learn useful information about every elected official in the United States. Ballotpedia is a project of the nonprofit Lucy Burns Institute. We exist because of donations from generous individuals, and this support keeps us ad free despite the thousands of dollars and hours it takes to accomplish this work every month. These donations allow us to maintain and expand our free, collaborative, online encyclopedia about America's elected officials. We really appreciate your support, and have developed multiple ways to give that (hopefully) make it easy and affordable to give.
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Our goal is to cover information about every elected official in the United States. Ballotpedia was created to help individuals make informed decisions about their elected officials. To do that, they need high-quality information about elections, incumbents and candidates at all levels of government. Putting information online makes it possible to cover all three branches of government -- executive, legislative and judiciary -- at all three levels -- federal, state and local.
When you include the local level, there are over 507,000 elected officials in the United States. Wouldn't it be great if individuals could find information about every single election, incumbent and candidate anywhere, at any level for any branch of government? That's what we want to do.
School Board Election Campaign
Dissemination of knowledge is one of our core values at the Lucy Burns Institute. We accomplish this each day through our projects, Ballotpedia and Judgepedia. This August, as children across the country headed back to school, LBI launched our newest initiative: our School Board Election Project. We’re currently covering 421 school districts of the top 1,000 that have elections in 2013. By 2014 we’ll be covering another 594.
To meet our goal of covering all 1,000 districts, we’ve launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for this important project. Will you join us today in supporting our “1,000 Districts, $1,000 Dollars” campaign by making a gift in any amount?
Online coverage of school board elections is one way to help voters engage with the system responsible for educating our children. And we can’t do it without you. Please consider becoming part of the effort to strengthen the ability of parents, teachers, and other concerned citizens to participate in these important elections. You can do this by giving a gift in any amount to the Lucy Burns Institute. We are grateful for each and every gift.
By 2016, we will cover school board elections in the country’s top 1,000 (as measured by student enrollment) school districts. 25.9 million students are enrolled in these schools.
Why is Ballotpedia covering school board elections?
Ballotpedia’s coverage is vast, and our research team often uncovers gaps in news coverage, as well as information gaps in various election and policy areas. One such gap is a significant lack of information about local school board elections.
Currently, it is difficult to find even the most basic information about school boards, such as:
- Who are the board members?
- When and where are local school board elections held?
- What is the process to get on the ballot?
- Who is running and what do they think about the issues facing their districts?
We will answer all of these questions and then some in the way we strive to bring all information to our readers: in a user-friendly manner that delivers the most complete information available.
There are over 13,000 public school districts across the country. Collectively, their school boards spend $700 billion of taxpayer money each year to educate our children. That’s a significant number. Despite this, school board elections receive little coverage and low voter turnout.
School boards have tremendous influence over the education our children receive. We believe voters should have easily accessible information on who runs their children’s schools, and how they can participate in these important elections.
Our coverage will result in approximately 10,000 new articles on Ballotpedia about each of the nation’s largest 1,000 school districts. There will be articles about:
- Every incumbent and challenger
- Every election
- District data and state-to-state analysis of issues facing school districts
- Significant dates in the election process: filing deadlines, primary dates, etc.
This online coverage is an important step to help voters make decisions that align with their values. We hope you’ll hop on the school board election bus with us in at least one of the following ways:
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- Visit the school board election portal page to find out information about elections in your state and district
- Subscribe to our mailing list to receive timely updates about school board happenings across the country
- Share these resources with a friend in your district, or one of the districts we cover
- Support this project by giving a tax-deductible gift to the Lucy Burns Institute
- Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get regular updates about this and other news
- Education is at the center of a thriving democracy. We hope you will join the effort to be involved in school board elections!
P.S. As a way of acknowledging our gratitude for gifts to support this project, gifts of $50 or more through December 31, 2013, will receive a thank you package with LBI “school supplies” in the form of post-it notes. Thank you for your support!