Voices of Conscience 2015

Join Us On Thursday, April 23, 2015

at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for a fun and inspirational night!
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Advancing opportunities for learning so California public school students are prepared for college and career

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Affordable Housing

Expanding access to opportunity in suburban communities and ensuring equitable urban development

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Transportation Justice

Ensuring economic opportunity in urban areas through access to affordable and reliable transit services

Forced Parent Work Policies

Mandatory parent work hours in charter schools? Read our materials and tell us your story.

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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Anti-Displacement Policy

What do we mean by "investment without displacement"? Find out what it is, and why it's so critical to the Bay Area's success.

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Jamienne S. Studley
Jamienne S. Studley
“My notions of justice were formed at the dinner table, especially occasions with my grandparents, Polish and...

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Celebrate Reverend Dr. William Barber II

Nationally recognized coalition builder, progressive movement leader and brilliant orator, Reverend Dr. William Barber II, will be an awardee and featured speaker at Voices of Conscience Celebration 2015. Join us on April 23rd at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.


February 17, 2015

Over the next six to eight months, we intend to answer some pretty big questions about Public Advocates’ future. As clients, allies and donors, your perspectives will be key in shaping our next decade of advocacy.

February 16, 2015

Last year, Governor Brown signed SB 1077 (De Saulnier), creating a Road Usage Charge Technical Advisory Committee. As the social equity voice on the Advisory Committee, Managing Attorney Richard Marcantonio explains why the current gas tax is both inadequate and unfair, and how a charge on road usage can help fund the state’s transportation needs generally while meeting the needs of low-income families in particular.

February 16, 2015

On January 21, 2015, California legislators from both houses gathered to look back on challenges and opportunities implementing the state’s landmark school finance law after one year. During the two-hour Senate Education Committee informational hearing, our own Liz Guillen shared the experiences of the students, parents and community advocates, who were some of the earliest supporters of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), to make real the promise of greater resources for high-need students established by the new law.

January 27, 2015

We were proud to co-sponsor the Bay Area Lawyer Die-In for Racial Justice, a solidarity action that took place at the steps of the California Supreme Court in San Francisco to protest police violence and racial profiling of communities of color.

January 22, 2015

Meet our newest board member! Bob Olson has been a Friend of Public Advocates for over 10 years and a highly-valued member of multiple board committees. Learn why Bob got involved with Public Advocates and what excites him about joining our distinguished board.

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March 1, 2015
The State Board of Education is seizing the chance to redefine student achievement and reframe how schools are held accountable for performance. It is in the throes of replacing the Academic Performance Index, the three-digit number that has been California’s narrow gauge of school progress for a decade and a half. The question is, what will take its place?
February 27, 2015
Race and transportation have long been intertwined. There has been tremendous progress within the past century, but discrimination, while certainly less overt, remains today. In this article, President & CEO Guillermo Mayer talks about Title VI and the link between civil rights and transportation.
February 2, 2015
The California education department is telling charter and district schools it’s illegal to require parents to volunteer at a public school in reaction to a report released in November by Public Advocates
January 30, 2015
The state said that schools cannot have policies requiring parents to volunteer after allegations last November from Public Advocates that up to a third of charter schools do so.
January 29, 2015
The California Department of Education (CDE) issued an advisory late last week (Fiscal Management Advisory 15-01) advising charter schools and school districts that the law prohibits them from requiring parents to donate “service hours” to a public school. This Advisory was issued as a result a report by Public Advocates (“Charging for Access”) released last November, which called into question the parent involvement policies of many charter schools across the state.