Jonathan Baum says he’s the only person in recent decades who has served on both Evanston school boards, and he’s seeking a second term on the high school board in part to create what he calls “a seamless educational experience” for students in the two districts.

In a video interview with Evanston Now, Baum said Evanston Township High School is making tremendous strides in reducing the number of students who fail to graduate.

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Baum. of 2754 Broadway Ave., grew up in Evanston and is director of pro bono services for the Katten Muchin Rosenman law firm in Chicago.

In 1990 he ran for the state legislature, losing the Democratic primary to Jan Schakowsky, who went on to become Evanston’s long-serving representative in the U.S. House, and who has endorsed Baum in the school board race.

He and his wife Bonnie have four children, who’ve all attended Evanston schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Chicago.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Re-Elect Jonathan Baum

    Jonathan has distinguished himself with his service on both D65 & D202 School Boards and deserves to be re-elected to D202 School Board. When you look at his service on the both school boards you will see someone who is commited, not just in words, but in action to improving the educational experience for each and every student. Some people talk about Equity & Excellence – Jonathan lives it. Unlike some people, Jonathan will not sacrifice equity for excellence, nor will he sacrifice excellence for equity. He firmly believes that both equity and excellence can mutually exist. But that takes hard work. And Jonathan is willing to work hard, and has worked hard in his service on both boards. He is willing to ask difficult questions and make sure that new plans are appropriately evaluated to make sure that all students are benefiting from new programs – he does not just hope new programs work. His professional work also demonstrates his commitment to helping people. Jonathan has focused on civil rights issues, and civil liberties for people and causes that promote a more equitable society. Please join me in re-electing Jonathan Baum to the D202 School Board. TP

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