Union Public Schools elections (2014)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Union Public Schools
Tulsa County, Oklahoma ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Oklahoma
One seat on the Union Public Schools school board was scheduled to be up for general election on February 11, 2014. As of the filing deadline, no candidate had filed for the seat. Board member Scott McDaniel chose not to seek re-election of his seat.
About the districtTulsa County, Oklahoma. The county seat of Tulsa County is Tulsa. According to the United States Census Bureau, Tulsa County is home to 603,403 residents. Union is the 12th-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 14,931 students during the 2010-11 school year.
Tulsa County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5% of Tulsa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.2% for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in Tulsa County was $47,845 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Tulsa County was 15.4% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.
Method of board member selection
The Union school board consists of five members elected to five-year terms by geographic electoral districts. There was no primary election and the general election was scheduled to be held on February 11, 2014, however no candidate filed for the seat. The District 5 seat will be on the ballot in 2015. The District 4 member represents the west central portion of the school district.
Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on December 2, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was December 4, 2013 and the deadline to contest a candidacy was December 6, 2013.
No candidate filed for this seat.
No endorsements were made in this election.
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
What was at stake?
One seat on the school board was scheduled to be up for election on February 11, 2014, however no candidate filed for the District 4 seat. The election also had two bond proposals on the ballot. Both were approved.
Issues in the district
In 2000, Brandi Blackbear, a student at Union Intermediate High School, was suspended for allegedly casting a hex on a teacher that caused him to fall ill. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a $10 million lawsuit against the district on her behalf, stating that "casting a spell" was not sufficient grounds for suspension. The case also stated that the district violated her rights by taking her notebook used to write horror stories and prohibiting her from expressing her interest in Wicca. Joann Bell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma said, "I for one would like to see the so-called evidence this school has that a 15-year-old girl made a grown man sick by casting a magic spell." The district alleged that Blackbear was summoned to Assistant Principal Charlie Bushyhead's because she was "disrupting the education process." She had been suspended once before for such reasons. Blackbear and the ACLU eventually dropped the lawsuit.
|December 2, 2013||First day to file affidavits of candidacy|
|December 4, 2013||Last day to file affidavits of candidacy|
|December 6, 2013||Last day to contest a candidacy|
|February 1, 2014||Last day to file first campaign finance report|
|February 11, 2014||Election day|
|March 23, 2014||Last day to file second campaign finance report|
|April 1, 2014||Runoff election (if necessary)|
|August 21, 2014||Last day to file final campaign finance report|
Additional elections on the ballot
There were propositions on the ballot in this election. Proposition 1 is aimed at upholding an $18,830,000 bond for the purpose of constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings, acquiring school furniture and other such costs. Proposition 2 is for a $2,170,000 bond for the purpose of purchasing transportation equipment. Both Propositions were approved in the election.
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- Tulsa County, "Annual School Election, accessed January 4, 2014
- Union Public Schools, "Minutes Of The Regular Meeting Board Of Education," April 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Tulsa County, Oklahoma," accessed January 15, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "MESA - Current Registration Statistics by County," accessed January 15, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Union Public Schools, "School Board," accessed January 15, 2014
- Owasso Public Schools, "Board Zones," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "2014 Instructions for Filing for Annual School Elections," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "Candidate Information," accessed January 15, 2014
- Union Public Schools, "Bond vote Feb. 12, Board member maintains seat," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Annual School Election — February 11, 2014," accessed February 12, 2014
- Patrick H. Moore, All Things Crime, "Oklahoma High School Student Suspended for ‘Casting a Spell’?" January 12, 2014
- Staff, ACLU, "ACLU of Oklahoma Files Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of Student Accused of "Hexing" a Teacher," October 26, 2000
- Oklahoma, "Generic Calendar for Filing Campaign Contributions and Expenditure Reports(C-1's)," accessed January 15, 2014
- Tulsa County, "Sample Ballot," accessed January 14, 2014
|2014 Union Public Schools Elections|
|Election date:||February 11, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 4: • Brent England|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|