Newsmaker

August 20, 2006

Anirban Basu

Occupation

A member of the Baltimore city school board, an economic consultant and an economics instructor at the Johns Hopkins University.

In the news

Basu cast the sole vote at a June school board meeting against a policy that would reduce the minimum passing marks, from 70 to 60, in reading math and some science classes for students in the first through 12th grades.

Career highlights

After completing an undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, master's degrees in public policy at Harvard University and in economics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Basu began as an economics lecturer and researcher at Towson University. He began the Sage Policy Group, an economic and policy consulting firm, in 2004. In July 2005, he was appointed to the school board.

Personal

Basu, a native of Kankakee County, Ill., attended public school through the eighth grade. He went to a prep school in Michigan during his high school years. Basu recently celebrated his 10-year wedding anniversary. His wife, Debita, is a kindergarten teacher at Glenmont Elementary School in Northeast Baltimore. They have two daughters, Kimaya, 7, and Kohena, 5 months.

Philosophy

"The single greatest factor that keeps our city from being great is the quality of our schools. We have great neighborhoods, great architecture, great institutions of higher learning, but we have a school system that needs some work. And my feeling was that there was nothing more important that I could do with my time than to fix what keeps our city from being great."

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