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Sara believes that race, gender, and socioeconomic status should not predict student outcomes.

I have spent the past four years working to improve opportunities for all students. In my first year on the Board, I worked to create the Culture, Climate and Behavior committee to gather students, faculty, staff, and parents to create action items to stop the disproportionate discipline of African American students. A year later CCB became a reality. Last year, I co-founded the Tri-Board Equity Committee to promote coordination between the high school and its two feeder districts: D90 and D97. Since joining the Board, we have hired the first African American superintendent, enacted one of the most progressive gender equity policies in the nation, and finally begun restorative justice training for administrators, faculty, staff, and the Board. We are not finished with the work, and I am running for another term to ensure we continue the progress.

Sara believes we should get the most bang for our (tax) buck.

This community values education and families move here to take advantage of our excellent public schools. However, we cannot maintain our community’s character if we price-out socio-economic diversity. OPRF has a balanced budget for the first time in memory and we are about to launch our citizen-led financial advisory committee. There is no doubt that taxes in our community are high and we need to be careful stewards. We need creative solutions for containing costs- like our newly negotiated teachers’ contract that reduces salary increases to stay below our tax levy while still fairly compensating our teachers.

Sara believes that our facility improvements must reflect our priorities.

In late 2018 the Board approved the first significant facility improvement project since Oak Park became integrated in the late-60’s. It focuses on improving our classrooms, special education spaces, welcome center, and common areas. Students succeed when they feel a part of the school community. These improvements are aimed at the spaces that will have the most immediate impact on improving our students’ quality of life. The $32M project is funded from the school’s fund balance and there will be no tax increase to fund it.

Sara’s background

Sara is an assistant state’s attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office’s Complex Litigation Unit. She defends county agencies in state and federal court. Before that, she was a Cook County Public Defender for 15 years. Her experience as an assistant public defender taught her first-hand what happens to our children when the education system failed them and was the genesis of her passion for equity in education. Sara recently managed her partner’s campaign for circuit court judge- electing the first African American male to a countywide judicial vacancy in almost ten years. Sara has a BA from the University of Chicago and a JD from Duke University School of Law.

Long an admirer of the diversity and quality of life offered by the Oak Park and River Forest communities, Sara moved to Oak Park six years ago. Sara and her partner Preston are committed to educating their son, Shiloh, in our public schools as well. As a relative newcomer to Oak Park, Sara knows both what attracts families to our community and what should be done to strengthen and preserve those attractive qualities.

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