Alysse Castro running for ALCO Superintendent

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(ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif.) Alumna Alysse Castro announced Monday that she is running for Alameda County Superintendent of Schools.

Castro previously worked for the county's education department as recently as 2012. She was a Principal-Alternative for Alameda Unified School District.

Castro held her previous position, as Executive Director of Court County and Continuation High School, from July 2015 until November 2021.

L. K. Monroe is the current Superintendent of Schools for the Alameda County Office of Education.

In late November, Monroe wrote a letter to some office of education board members noting that she had major concerns about the solvency of the district. She said that she was worried about the board's potential implementation of budget cuts.

As a result, Monroe indicated that the county would take more oversight of the Oakland Unified School District's budget. Additionally, the county will review the district's financial controls, bring in the state's Financial Crisis and Management Assistance Team and examine the district's teacher-hiring process.

If OUSD is unable to comply with the review requests, Monroe could take the unprecedented step of withholding compensation from OUSD's board and superintendents.

OUSD subsequently pushed back on claims on financial insolvency and said that it is currently "too early in the budget development process" to determine whether or not an intervention is needed.

Monroe also cited lower enrollment as staffing remained stagnant and the district's reliance on one-time funds, specifically COVID-19 relief funds, as other serious financial concerns.

At this stage it's unclear how Castro would change this policy, if at all. Regardless of her position, Castro would inherit a tumultuous relationship between the county and its largest municipal school district.

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