Historic $150 Million Settlement with LAUSD!
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"I can’t say enough about what it meant to have Public Advocates supporting our East Palo Alto community. The partnership with Facebook that you helped us secure resulted in an investment of $20 million into affordable housing for our area."
~Tameeka Bennett, Executive Director, Youth United for Community Action
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News & Press

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.

California defines ‘effective’ and ‘ineffective’ teachers, and why it matters

September 15, 2017 – John Fensterwald of EdSource covers the recent decision to designate teachers with intern credentials as ‘effective’. The move by State Board of Education will allow teachers in programs like Teach for America to be considered ‘effective’ under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act guidelines. Public Advocates opposed this decision saying [...]

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Settlement Sends $150M to 50 Neediest Los Angeles Schools

September 14, 2017 – U.S. News and World Report covers our $150 million settlement with the Los Angeles Unified School District. The settlement arises from a 2015 lawsuit filed by Public Advocates, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and Covington & Burling LLP on behalf of Reyna Frias and the Community Coalition. The lawsuit alleged that […]

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We challenge the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity.

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Striving to ensure children receive a quality education that will prepare them for college, careers and the future.


Advancing the right of families to live in communities jobs, schools and city services regardless of ethnicity or income.


Meeting the needs of low-income communities by fighting for more public transit and reduced or free fares for youth.


Targeting the needs of low-income communities; advancing  social equity through investments and opportunities.

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