Amy Felton

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Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Wednesday Journal sent out to all candidates running in this year's elections.

Age: 44

Profession: Attorney

Years in Oak Park: 13

Have you attended a District 97 school in the past? No

Do you have children who have, are or will be attending a school in District 97? What are their ages?

Yes. Twin boys, age 12, who attend Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School.

Why are you running for this office?

I value the importance of a public education and believe it is the cornerstone of an engaged and thriving community. My prior community and not-for-profit experiences have taught me that a quality education can have a profound impact on the life path and development of children, and I believe that the recent and upcoming changes adopted by District 97 will have a very positive effect on children in Oak Park.

Have you ever run for or served in a local political office before? If so, when and which office?

I have not officially run for office, but I have served in a local political office before. I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the D97 School Board 2011.

What are your strongest concerns about District 97 at this time?

I feel the District is on a positive path regarding the implementation of the Common Core Standards, the integration of new technology into the educational curriculum, and the adoption of innovative ways to celebrate the rich cultural diversity in Oak Park, such as with the institution of the International Baccalaureate Program in the Middle Schools. I am hopeful that the staff, parents, and the community in general will embrace, participate in, and support the changes that District 97 is implementing to improve the quality of education in Oak Park.

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