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Community Call for Affordable Housing!

The fight for affordable housing along the shores of Oakland's Lake Merritt takes off

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Report: Keeping the Promise of LCFF

Public Advocates is pleased to announce the release of “Keeping the Promise of LCFF: Key Findings & Recommendations After Two Years of LCFF Implementation.”
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Campaign for Quality Education v. California

This lawsuit charges that California's failure to adequately fund its schools is a violation of California Constitution

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Representing low-income communities and engaging in decisions on how to spend massive amounts of money and locate new development that will remake the Bay Area for generations to come.

California's New School Finance Law: Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), adopted as part of his 2013-14 proposed budget, is a significant and historic shift toward a simpler, more rational and equitable school finance system.

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Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Michelle Alexander was a former member of the Board of Governors and interned in 1990. She currently is an associate...

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March 23, 2016

Every year, our Voices of Conscience Celebration brings together hundreds of friends and supporters from law firms, local communities and nonprofit organizations to commemorate civil rights victories and to recognize courageous individuals who challenge the systemic causes of poverty and discrimination.

March 23, 2016

Staff Attorney David Zisser shares some updates on our Oakland campaigns and highlights some of our exciting victories.

March 15, 2016

Californians have been disproportionately harmed by for-profit institutions that fail to deliver on their promises to students. We’ve made great progress protecting students from the abuses of for-profit institutions in California, but the fight must continue.

March 2, 2016

Terms like “regional equity” and “power building” took life at a Bay Area forum on displacement. Advocates for proactive regional strategies to prevent displacement and increase affordable housing turned out in force to a February 20, 2016, public forum that drew some 400 people in Oakland.

January 26, 2016

Last year the Governor and state lawmakers had a critical opportunity to re-invest in California’s future by reversing the terrible legacy of deep cuts to public education, and investing in climate programs that reduce carbon emissions while lifting people out of poverty. Unfortunately the Governor’s budget proposal fell short in both respects, and his recent 2016-17 budget proposal — although it includes some welcomed investments — is disappointingly more of the same.

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Volunteer Opportunities: Summer 2016

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April 21, 2016
SJ Mercury News Letter to the Editor from Public Advocates' Richard Marcantonio commenting on the article "Staggering Drop in VTA Bus Ridership."
April 21, 2016
KPCC radio reports on a decision by the state Court of Appeals in CQE v. California
April 20, 2016
Attorneys representing parents, students and community organizations suing the state for failing to provide California’s students with a quality education announced that they will appeal to the state Supreme Court a decision by the First District Court of Appeal today finding no constitutional guarantee of any level of educational quality or any minimum level of funding to support education
April 20, 2016
EdSource reports on a decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal saying that the state Constitution does not guarantee children in California a minimally funded quality education.
April 20, 2016
The San Francisco Chronice reports on the decision by the state's First District Court of Appeal saying that California students are not guaranteed the right to a quality education under the state Constitution.