Re-Elect Fatima Alleyne, PhD
Contra Costa County Board of Education 2020
Chief of Staff, Supervisor John Gioia Contra Costa County*
“Fatima and I served on the Community Budget Advisory Committee for the West Contra Costa County School District. Toward the end of our terms, she served as Chair and I was Vice Chair. Fatima was a strong leader on our committee, advocate for our students of color, unwavering in her efforts to demand transparency and accountability. She worked collaboratively with committee members and communicated her progressive vision for improvement on the school district’s management of the budget."
"As a parent of students in West Contra Costa County School District I appreciate the leadership of Dr. Fatima Alleyne. Dr. Alleyne is a knowledgeable, kind and accessible school board member who shows a vested interest in the education, safety, and well-being of our youth. Her tenacity, ability to galvanize and engage the community is inspiring. I have the utmost respect for Dr. Alleyne and confidently recommend her in her pursuits."
*Titles for identification only
EXCERPT: The Contra Costa Board of Education oversees the policies and curriculum for county-run schools and educational programs. It’s an important task. We’re talking about occupational training and special education programs, and schools for incarcerated juveniles and adults.
The board also hears appeals of student expulsions, inter-district transfers and charter school applications. It’s that last issue — charter schools — that unfortunately drives the politics of campaigns for the board.
The teachers’ unions dislike charter schools and candidates who are willing to keep an open mind and apply state law when considering applications. That’s why this year they’re targeting two incumbent board members — Fatima Alleyne in Area 1 in West County and Vikki Chavez in Area 3 in northern Central County.
Alleyne and Chavez deserve reelection. They’ve been part of a board that has had to make tough budgetary cuts in part because of declining enrollment in the county education programs. And, on charter schools, they recognize that some provide innovative alternatives to poor-performing traditional schools and that other charters are poorly run and don’t deserve permission to operate.
Neither trustee has been a rubber stamp for charter schools. Alleyne
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"Those who are lucky enough to collaborate with and benefit from Dr. Fatima Alleyne’s expertise KNOW. They know that the voices of the silenced will be lifted. That there will be room at the table for all leaders. That actions speak louder than words. That partnership for progress and systemic change is a practice, a verb. It has been an honor and privilege to witness Fatima in action, and I am grateful for the leadership and support she offers our community through all of her roles and titles. She's an incredible force!"
Elementary School Teacher at Aspire Public Schools
“Those who are lucky enough to collaborate with and benefit from Dr. Fatima Alleyne’s expertise KNOW. They know that the voices of the silenced will be lifted. That there will be room at the table for all leaders. That actions speak louder than words. That partnership for progress and systemic change is a practice, a verb. It has been an honor and privilege to witness Fatima in action, and I am grateful for the leadership and support she offers our community through all of her roles and titles. She's an incredible force!"
voted to approve five of the 11 charter applications that came before the county board in the last four years. ...
Alleyne has taken her concerns about some charters a step further, pushing to standardize the approval agreements with charters to ensure transparency, training on open meeting laws and an appeals process for students facing expulsion — to ensure that charters face requirements imposed on traditional schools.
Alleyne, a mother of four with a doctorate in materials science and engineering, is thoughtful and substantive. She is currently director of community engagement and inclusive practices for UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. And, when it comes to her work on the county board, she puts a high priority on smart fiscal management with adequate reserves to prepare for economic downturns like the current one. ...
And what about their opponents? Consuelo Lara, a West Contra Costa school district trustee, running in Area 1,and former Martinez Councilwoman Anamarie Avila Farias, running in Area 3,refused to participate in our endorsement interviews.
The choices are clear. Elect Alleyne in Area 1 ...
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