Michael Flores

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Michael Flores
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Board member, Madison Board of Education, Seat 6
Member-elect
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First electedApril 1, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolMadison East High School
Personal
ProfessionFirefighter
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Michael Flores is the member-elect for Seat 6 on the Madison Board of Education in Wisconsin. He won election to the board against Wayne Strong in the general election on April 1, 2014. Seat 6 represents West High School, two middle schools and four elementary schools.[1]

Biography

Flores graduated from Madison East High School. He has served as a firefighter and paramedic with the Madison Fire Department since 2002. Flores also owns Dos Amigos DJs. He and his wife, Nichole, have three children currently attending district schools.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Madison Metropolitan School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Michael Flores sought election against fellow challenger Wayne Strong during the general election on April 1, 2014.

Results

Madison Metropolitan School District, Seat 6 General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Flores 62.3% 15,891
     Nonpartisan Wayne Strong 36.9% 9,413
     Write-in Write-in votes 0.7% 184
Total Votes 25,488
Source: Dane County Clerk, "2014 Spring Election," April 1, 2014

Funding

Flores reported $9,862.10 in contributions and $4,274.05 in expenditures to the Madison City Clerk by March 24, leaving his campaign with $5,593.05 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Flores listed the following endorsements on his campaign website:[4]

  • AFSCME – PEOPLE
  • Firefighters Local 311
  • South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL)
  • Madison Teachers Inc.

2012

Madison Metropolitan School District, Seat 6 General Election, 3-year term, April 3, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Burke 60.4% 26,725
     Nonpartisan Michael Flores 39.3% 17,417
     Write-in Write-in votes 0.3% 122
Total Votes 44,264
Source: Dane County Clerk, "2012 Spring Election," accessed January 28, 2014

Campaign themes

2014

Flores explained his top priorities on his 2014 campaign website:

  • Supporting innovative programs that have proven successful (ie. Dual Language Immersion, Restorative Justice, Transition Education Program, and Beat the Streets)
  • Creating well rounded experiences in music, art, athletics, language, and outdoor education for youth that develop the whole child within and beyond the school day
  • Opposing any movement toward privatization or voucher systems that drain money from our public schools
  • Investing in the public education system and maintaining board oversight and accountability in all of our schools
  • Personalizing education to meet the needs of all students by utilizing Individual Learning Plans, TAG opportunities, and meaningful interventions
  • Collaborating with existing local resources to maximize the support of students and families and to enhance community engagement
  • Creating supportive learning environments that motivate and empower all staff and students

[5]

—Michael Flores campaign website, (2014), [6]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

March 4 candidate forum

All three candidates attended a March 4 forum sponsored by 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. and held at the Fountain of Life Family Worship Center. The event focused on how the candidates would deal with the achievement gap in district schools. Hughes argued that the community, school employees and students need to work hard to create an improved learning environment. He also discussed the need for an improved job market as an incentive for students. Strong expressed concern that the current code of conduct disproportionately impacts minority students and leads to poorer academic performance. Flores advocated a focus on early reading programs and cultural education that engage struggling students.[7]

February 19 candidate forum

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum on February 19 featuring both candidates for Seat 6. Flores and Strong agreed on changing the district's disciplinary model to focus on student improvement rather than punishment. Both candidates disagreed on the Tech Plan approved by the district in late January. Strong argued that the Tech Plan will prepare students for careers in an evolving economy. Flores countered that the costs of the program and lack of public input outweighed the benefits of the plan.[8]

Issues in the district

Debate over Tech Plan

Rival community groups in Madison debated the virtues of the district's five-year Tech Plan during board meetings in January 2014. The Tech Plan will use $27.7 million to incorporate enough computers into area schools to ensure one-on-one instruction. The plan's annual expenses will grow from $1.5 million during the 2013-2014 school year to $8.4 million during the 2018-2019 school year. The board approved the plan by a 6-1 vote on January 27 after reducing total costs from $31 million to $27.7 million.[9][10]

The School-Community Alliance for Public Education (SCAPE) advocated for a more thorough review of the program by the board. SCAPE believed that the annual cost of the Tech Plan deserves greater scrutiny by district residents. The group also suggested that one-on-one computing might not be valuable enough for K-3 students to warrant higher expenses.[9]

The Leopold Parent-Faculty Organization supported implementation of the Tech Plan based on their own experiences with one-on-one computing. The organization raised private funds to purchase iPads and other technology for students in south side schools. Organizers noted the broad popularity of this initial investment and express concern about the district's outdated technology infrastructure.[9]

About the district

See also: Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin
Madison Metropolitan School District is located in Madison, Wisconsin
Madison Metropolitan School District is located in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is the county seat of Dane County and the capital of Wisconsin. According to the United States Census Bureau, Madison is home to 240,323 residents.[11] Madison Metropolitan School District is the second-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 24,806 students during the 2010-11 school year.[12]

Demographics

Madison outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 53.3% of Madison residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Madison was $53,958 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Madison was 18.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2010[11]
Race Madison (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 78.9 86.2
Black or African American 7.3 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 7.4 2.3
Two or More Races 3.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[13]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 61.1 32.5
2008 66.0 32.9
2004 72.8 25.8
2000 71.0 27.5

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.[14]

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