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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Berkeley Unified School DistrictCandidate for School Director

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Ty Alper

School Board Director
35,856 votes (30.85%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Eliminate racial predictability in student achievement and ensure equity across the District.
  • Focus on the most effective use of scarce financial and human resources.
  • Instill in our students a life-long love of learning that preares them for college and career.



Ty Alper, a social justice lawyer and professor, was elected in November 2014 to a four-year term on the Berkeley School Board.  He served as President of the School Board in 2017.  He and his wife Tamar are both graduates of the Berkeley public schools; they graduated from Berkeley High in 1991.  They have three children in the Berkeley schools, one at Rosa Parks, one at Longfellow, and one at Berkeley High.

Ty is a Clinical Professor of Law and previously served as the Associate Dean for Experiential Education at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he teaches in Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic.  In his work at Berkeley Law, he trains, teaches, and supervises law students in all aspects of the representation of indigent clients facing the death penalty in a number of states, primarily in the Deep South.  Prior to joining the Berkeley Law faculty, Ty was a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta.

Ty graduated from Brown University in 1995, and received his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1998.  He received an L.L.M. in advocacy from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001.  He has written extensively on subjects related to criminal justice and the death penalty, and he is a member of the California, Alabama, Georgia, and District of Columbia bars.

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Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Berkeley Federation of Teachers
  • Alameda Labor Council

Elected Officials (3)

  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
  • Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin

Individuals (1)

  • Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich

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