I attended a meeting at the Oakland City Hall in which four of the candidates for Alameda County Superintendent of schools were interviewed. I was very impressed with Ursula Reed. She did not sound like a politician, as did the others. Her main focus was on educational opportunities for all children and young adults.
I am very concerned regarding the incomplete information in Doug Oakley's May 9 article in the Montclarion. Ms. Reed has more than 25 years as a professional educator, having taught and been a vice principal and principal from elementary grades through adult school. She served as director of human resources in Oakland and Hayward school districts and a director in labor relations in the Oakland school district.
She was the coordinator of the Oakland Truancy Center, co-chair of the Pupil Disciplinary Hearing Panel and is a speech and language specialist. She has a professional clear administrative services credential from Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay), in addition to a B.S. and an M.A. She is an educator with a wide experience and the knowledge and determination needed to handle the financial challenges and needs of 18 local school districts including their alternative educational programs. Ursula Reed has twice been elected and serves on the San Leandro City Council. She is superbly qualified to be the next Alameda County superintendent of education.