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

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Advancing opportunities for learning so California public school students are prepared for college and career

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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.

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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Philip Ting worked as an intern with Public Advocates and was elected in November 2012 to represent California’...

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We are seeking a seasoned communications professional with experience in media relations and policy campaigns to join our exceptional and dedicated staff.


November 25, 2014

Director of Development Debi Harris talks about our plans for participating in this global day of generosity. Join Debi, and the rest of our staff, this #GivingTuesday by making a donation to Public Advocates on Tuesday, December 2.

November 24, 2014

Among its other important roles, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is charged with overseeing the local transportation agencies within its nine-county jurisdiction. As Managing Attorney Richard Marcantonio explains, inadequate oversight can have serious consequences.

October 27, 2014

A landmark new school funding law promises to provide increased resources to school districts in exchange for greater transparency and meaningful community engagement. Senior Staff Attorney Angelica Jongco shares how parents are leveraging the new law to build power and win tangible services for high-need students in Antioch.

October 21, 2014

The upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Oakland Airport Connector will no doubt be a media spectacle full of hearty speeches and declarations of progress. But as the aerodynamic pods begin to glide above Hegenberger Road in East Oakland, will anyone notice below the buses full of working class people who were excluded? President & CEO Guillermo Mayer explains why less than 3 percent of Coliseum station area residents are expected to use the tram. He urges BART leaders to internalize the lessons learned from the controversial and flawed project.

October 21, 2014

As part of its plans to keep the city’s three sports teams, the City of Oakland has drafted a Specific Plan that aims to create almost 8 million square feet of retail and office space, more than 20,000 jobs and nearly 6,000 housing units at “Coliseum City” in East Oakland. Coliseum City presents an opportunity to create lasting benefits for low-income East Oakland residents that include affordable places for new workers to live, good jobs for local residents and accessible and affordable transit. If development is to bring any of these community benefits, though, the City must plan for people, not just sports teams.

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November 25, 2014
Sacramento Bee opinion columnist Bruce Maiman discusses illegal forced-service policies in charter schools.
November 21, 2014
Sacramento Bee covers mandatory work policies in Sacramento-area charter and non-charter public schools.
November 21, 2014
San Jose Mercury News article on illegal mandatory work policies in California charter schools.
November 21, 2014
KRON 4 (Bay Area News) reports on mandatory parent work policies in charter schools.
November 20, 2014
Report Alleges that One in Three Charter Schools in California Risk Excluding Kids from the Least Stable Homes– Civil Rights Advocates Ask State to Crack Down