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From waging battles for affordable housing throughout the Bay Area to winning increased opportunities for a quality education in the courts, Public Advocates stays in the news. Here’s the latest…

Press Release: School Districts Fail to Submit Critical Data to Inform Teacher Shortages, Student Investments

For Immediate ReleaseDecember 4, 2023Media Contact: Sumeet Bal, Director of Communications, 917-647-1952 School Districts Fail to Submit Critical Data to Inform Teacher Shortages, Student Investments Civil Rights Law Firm Issues Warning to Fifteen Districts Out of Compliance San Francisco—Today Public Advocates, a statewide public interest, civil rights law firm and advocacy organization, [...]

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Oaklandside: AC Transit wants to change bus routes and schedules—and you can weigh in

November 2, 2023—Oaklandside reporter Jose Fermoso covers The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District’s new “realignment” plan which includes three new bus route and scheduling options, each with different trade-offs. Fermoso spoke with PA Senior Policy Advocate for Transportation, Laurel Paget-Seekins, about the new plans and the process. Read the Story

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Ed Source: Credentialing commission could change the way California tests teachers

October 17, 2023— Ed Source reporter Diana Lambert covers the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing meeting this week, honing on on their considerations around educator assessments. She specifically examines the commission’s latest considerations around educator assessments.  She spoke with Managing Attorney John Affeldt on his thoughts: “The CBEST is a barrier for [...]

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