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School Funding Lawsuits Move Forward

The California State Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for CQE v. State of California and the related case, Robles-Wong v. California on January 27.
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Join Us On Thursday, April 21, 2016

at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco for a fun and inspirational night!
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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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Transportation Justice

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

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Meeting the Promise of Education Reform

How to make sure low-income, English learners and foster kids get the school services they need

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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

6 Wins Network

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

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Applications Invited: Sacramento-based Policy Advocate

We seek a Policy Advocate to join our Metropolitan Equity Team and advance our work to promote affordable housing, equitable transportation, transformative climate investments and more.


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.

January 25, 2016

The California Court of Appeals in San Francisco hears oral arguments in the twin cases Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) v. California and Robles-Wong v. California on January 27, 2016. At stake is the idea that the fundamental right to education in our state’s constitution means an education that provides students with the opportunity to achieve civic, economic and social success and to learn up to the state’s academic content standards.

January 20, 2016

Chelsea Tu recently joined Public Advocates as a Staff Attorney on the Metropolitan Equity Team where she advocates for transportation, housing and climate justice on behalf of low-income communities and communities of color. When she isn't fighting for social justice, Chelsea enjoys a wide range of active and meditative activities — from rock-climbing to yoga.

December 17, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, President & CEO Guillermo Mayer gives thanks to our friends and supporters for standing with Public Advocates and helping us make rights real for low-income families and communities of color across California.

December 16, 2015

Public Advocates teamed up with Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) to develop school districts’ competency around the spending and education plan known as the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

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For more than 40 years, Public Advocates has been fighting the root causes of discrimination and poverty by strengthening community voices winning in the courtroom.

Legal Clerkships: Spring 2016

Spend your spring semester at one of California’s leading civil rights law firms. Our law clerks play a crucial role in high profile litigation and policy advocacy to advance economic and racial justice.


January 29, 2016
Public Advocates' David Zisser and East Bay Housing Organization's Gloria Bruce present a strong argument for why there should be an impact fee on market rate housing in Oakland in order to increase affordable places to live in a city facing a growing housing crisis.
January 27, 2016
CA Court of Appeal hears oral arguments in constitutional challenge to state’s education finance system
January 27, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle coverage of the hearing January 27th before the California Court of Appeal in the consolidated school financing lawsuits, Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) v. California and Robles-Wong v. California.
January 27, 2016
EdSource coverage of the hearing January 27th before the California Court of Appeal in the consolidated school financing lawsuits, Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) v. California and Robles-Wong v. California.
January 22, 2016
California no longer requires students to pass a high school exit exam to graduate. Thousands of students dating back to 2006 failed the test. This year, because of a law change, these students could get their diplomas but many school districts are making little effort to notify them.