Re-Elect Fatima Alleyne, PhD
Contra Costa County Board of Education 2020
I am running for re-election for the Contra Costa County Board of Education because I believe ALL students deserve access to a quality public education; and as a parent and community advocate at the district level, I believe I can be the voice of West County residents.
I am committed to enhancing the level of accountability in our county. This can be accomplished by not only assisting with implementation and oversight of the new Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) at the County level, but partnering with school districts to encourage engagement of parents, teachers, communities and a resource for quality staff development. My goal is to ensure the effectiveness of LCAP in meeting educational goals and expenditures.
My priority is to monitor the accountability for ALL students, but a particular focus on those who are involved in disciplinary infractions that require county educational assistance. This includes monitoring suspensions, expulsions and detentions.
I am the wife of a loving and supportive husband, the proud mother of 4 beautiful children, who all attend public schools. We have resided in West County for more than 10 years.
I am Research General Engineer for the government and a product of public education; I hold a B.A. in Chemistry from Hunter College, M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley. I am also an Educational Parent Advocacy Consultant for the Center for Restorative Solutions, whose purpose is to address the influence of trauma in education.
My involvement in the community and the WCCUSD has included serving on the Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) for three years and advocating for better tracking of how the parcel tax money was spent and gave presentations to communities on the district’s $300 million budget. Additionally I served as chair of the School Site Council, the Parent Engagement Chair for the Blackboard of WCC, and Co-Chair of the LCAP Video Committee, designed to inform and engage parents as stakeholders in the LCAP process.
Advocating for Public Education by Prioritizing Students & Teachers
Dr. Fatima Alleyne has children enrolled in public schools. She has experience as a parent and volunteer in both traditional and charter schools so she is knowledgeable about the benefits and disadvantages of both sectors.
Work in K-12 Schools
Dr. Fatima Alleyne has served as trustee on the Contra Costa County Board of Education since 2016. In this role she advocated for equity programs, increased funding for and access to CTE and college courses, programs
She has also been involved in K-12 education for more than 13 years in both a professional and personal capacity. Currently Dr. Alleyne is employed as a director in the College of Engineering at her alma mater, UC Berkeley. She helps faculty develop broadening participation and outreach programs to address the inequities in our K-12 educational system. Such programs include professional development for K-12 teachers, development of complementary career and technical education courses, and academic programs to help diversify the STEM pipeline.
Prior to this, she was a consultant for the Center for Restorative Solutions, a nonprofit that brought restorative and trauma informed capacity building services to schools in WCCUSD.
Dr. Alleyne was also the Education and Outreach Coordinator for a STEM Center at UC Berkeley (CAL) and provided K-12 students exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. She actively engaged teachers and taught science lessons in middle school to ensure students had the foundational principles to conduct the scientific investigations during their visit to UC Berkeley. Students participated in round-table discussions and interviewed current faculty and graduate students. In addition, she co-authored a research experience for teachers (RET) proposal, in partnership with WCCUSD, in order to provide teachers with paid-professional development opportunities.
Fatima Alleyne has attended many West Contra Costa Unified School District board meetings and served on the WCCUSD Budget Advisory Committee before being elected to and during her tenure on the Contra Costa County Board of Education.
In WCCUSD, Dr. Alleyne has served in several capacities - Room Parent, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Executive Board Member, School Site Council (SSC) member and Chair, Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) member and Chair, and Education Advocate. On both the SSC and CBAC, Dr. Alleyne advocated for transparency and accountability in how we use tax funds to educate and support students and teachers.
Parents are their kid’s first teachers and know what their children need. I believe that parents have the right to choose the best school for their child, as they know what environment their child will need to thrive and reach their full potential. Given that my belief is that access to quality public education is a civil right, one’s options should not be determined by their socio-economic status or their ethnicity. While I would love for every child to have the experience I had in K-12 (attending school with kids from my neighborhood and developing long-lasting friendships), due to limited quality education in certain areas, many children don’t attend schools with kids from their neighborhood. That needs to change. The past four years, I have advocated for these changes.