Mike Falkofske

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Mike Falkofske
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Candidate for
Board member, Kenosha Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
Next generalApril 7, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Personal
ProfessionGIS specialist
Websites
Campaign website
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Mike Falkofske is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Kenosha Board of Education in Wisconsin. He is running in the general election on April 7, 2015.

Falkofske previous ran unsuccessfully for the board in the general election on April 1, 2014.

Biography

Falkofske earned a B.A. in geography and history from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1995. He has worked as a mapping specialist for MGP Inc. since 2000. Falkofske has three children who have attended or will attend district schools.[1][2]

Elections

2015

See also: Kenosha Unified School District elections (2015)

Opposition

Three at-large seats are up for election on April 7, 2015. Mike Falkofske and Tony Garcia are challenging incumbents Carl Bryan, Tamarra Coleman and Mary Snyder in the general election.

Results

This election will be held on April 7, 2015.

Endorsements

Falkofske had received no official endorsements as of January 12, 2015.

2014

See also: Kenosha Unified School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Mike Falkofske ran against five other candidates in the February 18, 2014 primary election. The top four vote recipients advanced to the general election on April 1, 2014.

Results

General
Kenosha Unified School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Wade 28.2% 6,858
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary J. Kunich 26.1% 6,346
     Nonpartisan Mike Falkofske 23.4% 5,688
     Nonpartisan Jo Ann Taube Incumbent 22.3% 5,423
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 43
Total Votes 24,358
Source: Kenosha County Clerk, "Spring Election," April 1, 2014
Primary
Kenosha Unified School District, At-large Primary Election, 3-year term, February 18, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Taube Incumbent 19.7% 1,917
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary J. Kunich 18.7% 1,826
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Falkofske 18.1% 1,764
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Wade 17.3% 1,688
     Nonpartisan Robert Nuzzo Incumbent 13% 1,271
     Nonpartisan Michael Kehoe 12.9% 1,255
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 21
Total Votes 9,742
Source: Kenosha County Clerk, "Spring Primary Election," accessed February 18, 2014

Funding

Falkofske began the pre-election reporting period with an existing account balance of $3,793.55 from a previous report. He reported $3,720.00 in contributions and $2,353.22 in expenditures to the school board secretary, which left his campaign with $2,426.77 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Falkofske was endorsed by the Kenosha Education Association ahead of the February 18, 2014 primary.[4] He earned the endorsement of the Kenosha News for the April 1 general election.[5]

Campaign themes

2015

Ballotpedia survey responses

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Falkofske participated in Ballotpedia's 2015 survey of school board candidates. The following sections display his responses to the survey questions. When asked what his top priority would be if elected, the candidate stated:

My top priority is to create a new strategic plan, new mission statement, and new vision statement by using the information contained 2013 District Curriculum audit. The district will never be able to fix it’s problems if it doesn’t know how to define itself. The districts needs to have a clear vision of where it will be in the future and a roadmap for getting there. The district needs to stop being a reactive organization and instead become a proactive organization that can successfully navigate all the challenges it will face.[6]

—Mike Falkofske, (2015), [7]

Ranking the issues

The candidate was asked to rank the following issues by importance in the school district, with one being the most important and seven being the least important. This table displays this candidate's rankings from most to least important:

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Issue importance ranking
Candidate's ranking Issue
1
Closing the achievement gap
3
Expanding career-technical education
2
Improving education for special needs students
4
Improving college readiness
5
Balancing or maintaining the district's budget
6
Expanding arts education
7
Expanding school choice options
Positions on the issues

The candidate was asked to answer 10 questions from Ballotpedia regarding significant issues in education and the school district. The questions are in the left column and the candidate's responses are in the right column of the following table:

Question Response
What is your stance on implementing Common Core standards?
"They should be implemented."
Should your district approve the creation of new charter schools?
"Yes."
Should the state give money to private schools through a voucher system?
"No."
Are standardized tests an accurate metric of student achievement?
"No."
How can the district ensure equal opportunities for high and low achieving students?
"The first step is prioritizing where the money is spent. We need to spend more money at the building level and less for administrative travel and conferences. Smaller class sizes will also help students at both ends. We need to strengthen our community partnerships to bring more mentors into the school to work with our students. Finally we need to be a strategic plan based of the 2013 district wide curriculum audit. The audit was full of suggestions on how we could improve learning for all students."
How should expulsion be used in the district?
"Expulsion should be used for serious offenses to ensure the safety of other students as well as the integrity of education at district schools."
If a school is failing in your district, what steps should the school board take to help the students in that school?
"The school board should interview administrations, teachers, parents of students at the school, parents who moved their children to a different school, and the community organizations that work in the neighborhoods near the school. The school board must find the real causes of the issues, so that real solutions can be created. The school should also be given the highest priority when the district hires new teachers or increase money for other resources. They should also work with community organizations to leverage additional resources to help these schools."
Do you support merit pay for teachers?
"For groups of teachers not individual teachers."
How should the district handle underperforming teachers?
"Set up a mentorship program for the underperforming teacher with a more experienced teacher in the district."
How would you work to improve community-school board relations?
"The community will never trust any organization if it doesn’t view that organization as being transparent. I will visits schools to talk with teachers, parents, and students to gauge how well the school working for it’s students. I will send out monthly newsletters and use social media to communicate with constituents about the ongoing priorities in the district. Most importantly I welcome criticism as we can't improve the district unless people are willing to give honest feedback about how policies are impacting them."

2014

Falkofske's campaign website listed the following themes for 2014:

  • I believe that the School Board Members are elected to be the voice of the electors of the District and the Superintendent is the executive hired by the School Board.
  • I will work to provide students with truly personalized learning programs where the high fliers are just as challenged as the students who struggle to learn.
  • I think that the local schools need to be empowered to resolve their own issues and provide learning environments best suited to their students of that particular school.
  • I will push the district for consistent enforcement of the code of conduct as well as stronger policies that discourage bullying at all levels.
  • I will monitor the District finances to ensure that taxpayer money is being used in the most effective manner to provide our students with excellent education they deserve.

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—Mike Falkofske's campaign website, (2014), [8]

What's at stake?

About the district

See also: Kenosha Unified School District, Wisconsin
Kenosha Unified School District is located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

Kenosha Unified School District is located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Kenosha. In 2013, Kenosha County was home to approximately 167,757 residents according to estimates by the United States Census Bureau.[18] During the 2011-2012 school year, Kenosha Unified School District was the third-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 22,905 students.[19]

Demographics

Kenosha County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.8 percent of Kenosha County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Kenosha County was $55,117 between 2008-2012, compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Kenosha County was 12.2 percent between 2008-2012, compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.[18]

Racial Demographics, 2013[18]
Race Kenosha County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 87.9 88.1
Black or African American 7.2 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.1
Asian 1.6 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.4 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 12.3 6.3

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[20]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 55.4 43.2
2008 58.1 40.1
2004 52.4 46.5

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[21]

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References

  1. LinkedIn, "Mike Falkofske," accessed January 31, 2014
  2. Campaign to Elect Mike Falkofske, "Biography," accessed February 25, 2014 (timed out)
  3. Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Stacy Busby on March 25, 2014.
  4. Kenosha Education Association, "The Non-Endorsed Candidates for School Board," February 14, 2014
  5. Kenosha News, "Falkofske, Wade for Unified School Board," March 30, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. Ballotpedia School Board Candidate Survey, 2015
  8. Campaign to Elect Mike Falkofske, "Home," accessed February 25, 2014
  9. Wisconsin Public Radio, "Americans For Prosperity Gets Involved In Kenosha School Board Election," March 27, 2014
  10. Kenosha News, "Demonstration draws 60 to ESC," March 30, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Kenosha News, "Racism accusation aimed at School Board member," February 21, 2014
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named forum
  13. Wisconsin Reporter, "Sauk Prairie school board may have violated Act 10 with new teachers’ contract," November 27, 2013
  14. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Kenosha schools, teachers union at odds over deducting union dues," February 11, 2014
  15. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Kenosha School Board settles lawsuit over Act 10 dispute," June 6, 2014
  16. Kenosha News, "School board votes to censure Flood," February 25, 2014
  17. Kenosha News, "Unified board president, vice president support Flood censure," February 14, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 United States Census Bureau, "Kenosha County, Wisconsin," accessed August 28, 2014
  19. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  20. Kenosha County Clerk, "Previous Election Results," accessed January 31, 2014
  21. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014