Re-Elect  Fatima Alleyne, PhD
Area 1
Contra Costa County Board of Education 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does she have children enrolled in a public school?
Answer:  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.

2. What experience does she have in K-12 education?
Answer: 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.

3. Has she ever attended any of the WCCUSD board meetings?
 Yes, 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.

4. What is her position on charter schools?
Answer: 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.

Candidate Statement

Advocating for Public Education by Prioritizing Students & Teachers

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