Alice Spearman, who is running for reelection to represent District 7 on the Board of Education, has dedicated much of the past 20 years to improving opportunities for students in Oakland’s public schools.
“As the elected voice of my community, it is imperative that I (make sure) the voices of the community (are heard) in all matters” that concern the school district, she said.
Spearman has represented District 7 since 2005. She has served as board vice president for three years and as president of the board in 2009.
Spearman’s support of students who are often ignored has led her to chair OUSD’s District Advisory Council and the regional organization of the National Coalition of Title I Chapter I Parents.
She is the widowed mother of two adult daughters, both who graduated from Castlemont High and the grandmother of two young ladies who attended Castlemont.
Spearman is a member of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church where Dr. Harold Mayberry is the pastor. She was s a talk show hostess on SOUL BEAT International Television Network, discussing topics related to education.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the African American Advisory Committee on Crime, the Task Force on the Education of African American Children for OUSD and the Oakland Chapter of the NAACP.
A graduate of Castlemont High, she attended Cal State University Eastbay and Cal State San Jose.
Spearman said she spearheaded a Local Vendor Policy that guarantees the school district will contract with Local Businesses/Small Businesses and will hire Oakland residents on all school district construction sites.
Spearman also points that she was one of the few school board members that supported keeping all of the district’s schools open.
“I did not vote for the closing of schools,” she said. When the schools did close, however, “I facilitated the families of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (in their) move together to Grass Valley Elementary School,” she said.
Spearman also worked with children in the Sobrante Park, Brookfield and Stonehurst areas so they have the opportunity to be educated within their neighborhoods, preschool through high school.