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ETHS Profile: Jonathan Baum

Evanston Township High School board candidate Jonathan Baum, of 2754 Broadway Ave., is director of pro bono services at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago.

Family

Baum and his wife Bonnie have four children. Jessica, an ETHS sophomore; Abby and Sam, ETHS freshmen, and Eli, a sixth grader at Roycemore.

Education

Law degree from the University of Chicago. Bachelor's degree from Harvard University.

In his own words

Opening statement at Feb. 10 candidate forum at Haven Middle School.

I'm Jonathan Baum. Thank you Central Street Neighbors and the Haven PTA for hosting us tonight, and to all of you for coming.

I'm running for the District 202 school board because ETHS faces great challenges, and I believe that I can help in meeting those challenges.

The biggest challenges, as I see them, are these:

First, we need to challenge every student, support every student, and guide every student to help them achieve their full academic potential.

Second, we need to maintaing the fiscal health of the district in tough economic times, actively scrutinizing every program position to make sure we get the maximum bang for our buck.

Third, we need to coordinate more closely with District 65, to make sure that we provide a seamless educational experience for all of our children.

And finally, we need to make the District 202 board more responsive to constituents, more transparent in its decisionmaking, and more rigorous in its oversight of district populations.

I believe that I bring a unique combination of perspectives to this task.

First of all, I'm steeped in this community, as an ETHS alum and long-time activist in community organizations.

Second, I am the parent of three current ETHS students, and a middle-schooler, so I am in touch with what's happening now at ETHS and have a profound stake in its success.

Third, as a civil rights lawyer, I have dedicated my professional life to advancing fairness and equality of opportunity.

And finally, I see things from a K-12 perspective, not a 9-12 perspective, because as a member of the District 65 Board of Education I tackled the tough academic and fiscal issues that both of our districts face.

That's what I bring to the table. I look forward to hearing your questions, and I would hope for your support.

Campaign website

Baum202.org

Other resources

Profile on PTA Council website

Art Newman interview with Jonathan Baum (video)

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