Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does she have children enrolled in a public school?
Answer: 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. Has she ever attended any of the county board meetings?
Answer: Yes, Fatima Alleyne has attended several county board meetings.
3. What experience does she have in K-12 education?
Answer: Dr. Fatima Alleyne has been involved in K-12 education for more than 8 years. While at UC Berkeley, she was the Education and Outreach Coordinator for a STEM Center to provide K-12 students exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. In this capacity, she actively engaged with teachers and taught science lessons in middle school, to ensure students have 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. While at CAL Alleyne mentored more than 10 high school and undergraduate students, providing them research experiences and teaching them science and engineering. During her time at CAL she also taught several classes, one of which was a freshman engineering course; thus, she knows firsthand what skills and challenges our high school students possess. 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. 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 between their neighborhood traditional school, intra- or inter-district transfers, private schools and charter schools to ensure their children have access to what they perceive as a high quality education. Their options should not be limited based on 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. It is also my belief that all public schools- traditional and charter schools - need to be transparent and accountable on how they spend tax dollars to support students and teachers. The level of accountability I expect is the same accountability I’ve advocated for while on the School Site Council (SSC) and Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC). They should also share best practices to improve school climate, academics, and teacher retention. Lastly, I believe that the school boards of all public schools should be accountable to the community they serve. That being said, as a representative of the county board I have a responsibility to abide by state and federal laws, not my own personal preferences. However, I will work tenaciously to ensure we are accountable and transparent on how we serve students and teachers in public education, and in my opinion, that has yet to be done.
Dr. Fatima Alleyne
Contra Costa County Board of Education