Rahma Hasan: Candidate Profile

Butler District 53 School Board

  • Rahma Hasan, running for Butler District 53 School Board

    Rahma Hasan, running for Butler District 53 School Board

Updated 3/20/2017 3:35 PM

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City: Oak Brook

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Office sought:

Butler District 53 School Board

Age: 33

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Family: Married; two kids in the Butler 53 School District.

Occupation: Operations Director, Surgimatix, Inc.

Education: Undergraduate in Economics and Literature

I am also a Certified Project Manager.

Civic involvement: District 53 Parent Teacher Organization,

Vice President 2013 - 2015

District 53 Parent Teacher Organization,

President, 2015 - 2017

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?

As a parent of two kids in the district, I have seen all the effort that our teachers and staff members put into the development of our students. In addition, by serving on the PTO Board for the last 4 years, first as Vice President and currently as President, I have come to appreciate the work and efforts of the administration and parents, together, in making our district as successful as it is. These experiences have really motivated me to continue contributing to our district.

What do you think about the process for measuring student success in your district? Is it adequate? What changes, if any, do you propose?

I think our school does a good job of not just using standardized tests and resulting scores, but also teacher observations, classroom performances and other assessments to gauge student success. This recipe has resulted in an academically strong District.


How big a role do you think the board of education should play in setting the curriculum for students and what ideas do you have for changes to the current curriculum?

I believe that the Board of Education has a responsibility in ensuring that each child in their district has access to education that will help shape their future in the most advantageous manner possible. While Board oversight is necessary, the curriculum should be developed primarily by teachers and administrators in conjunction with state standards and the requirements for high school.

What budget issues will your district have to confront and what measures do you support to address them? If you believe cuts are necessary, what programs and expenses should be reduced or eliminated? On the income side, do you support any tax or fee increases?

From a budgetary standpoint, we have to maintain our focus on the quality of education and its prioritization. Should we face challenges, a focus on operational efficiency, elimination of non-value adding expenses and careful prioritization of our efforts can always be undertaken.

What role can and should school choice play in your district? If Congress or the state approves a voucher system or other means giving students broader choices among public and private schools, how will that affect your district? What is the appropriate response for the board of education of a public school system?

While we would have to comply with any state or federal regulations should they pass, we would make every effort to ensure that there is no lack of educational access or opportunity for any kids residing in our district.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

Candidate did not respond.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Jeff Bezos.

What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

Don't take short cuts"¦hard work always pays off.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

Don't need one! Yet.

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Literature! The exploration of different viewpoints and interpretations of works that spanned diverse cultures and backgrounds helped me become open to new ideas and opinions.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

The best investment is the one you make in your family and your community.