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New Report: Charter School Fraud

California must act now to prevent more than $100 million in waste in 2015. Read the report’s findings and recommendations on how to strengthen public oversight
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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Tom Williamson
On June 19, 2012, Tom Williamson began his term as the 41st president of the D.C. Bar. Read DC Bar Magazine's Q...

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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.


March 17, 2015

Law Clerk Laura MacInnis recently visited with Public Advocates partners in San Jose and Richmond, and she learned why input from involved parents, students and community groups is essential to effective education advocacy.

March 17, 2015

Meet Steve John and Jason Snyder, a family for 22 years and supporters of Public Advocates. Learn about their family commitment to giving back locally to causes that make a difference.

March 10, 2015

The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a watershed moment of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Today, nearly 60 years after Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat on the bus, the connections between public transportation, social justice and the lives of Black Americans have again come into stark relief here in the Bay Area.

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.

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Our nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization has been fighting the root causes of discrimination and poverty for more than 40 years, by strengthening community voices and achieving tangible legal victories.

Seeking Legal Administrative Coordinator

Public Advocates Inc. seeks a full-time Legal Administrative Coordinator to join its exceptional and dedicated team and provide critical support to our advocacy and attorney staff of nine.


March 24, 2015
A new report released today by Public Advocates, ACCE Institute (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment) and the Center for Popular Democracy finds massive vulnerabilities to charter school fraud in California that could result in more than $100 million in waste in 2015.
March 24, 2015
Journalists, auditors and other investigators have turned up more than $80 million in charter school fraud in California to date, according to a new report by a coalition of advocacy organizations, which argues that lax oversight of the state’s charter schools is leaving taxpayer dollars vulnerable to abuse.
March 24, 2015
California’s 1,100 charter schools are subject to insufficient financial oversight, lax practices that leave the door wide open to fraud, mismanagement and abuse, according to a report released Tuesday by a trio of education policy groups.
March 18, 2015
A coalition of a dozen community and labor organizations, including Public Advocates, pushed successfully for affordable housing goals, anti-displacement protections, local hiring, accessible and affordable transit and other community benefits in the East Oakland Coliseum Area Specific Plan.
March 15, 2015
Many renters in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood believe Facebook’s presence has pushed up rents, making it harder for working-class families to find decent places to live.