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Stopping For-profit College Abuse

The battle is on to bring relief to students conned in abrupt closing of Corinthian Colleges
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Public Advocates & partners file lawsuit against L.A. School District (photo:Community Coalition)

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Challenging the Vestiges of Jim Crow

Two recent court rulings open the way for local communities to prevent housing discrimination

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Transit, Affordable housing projects ok'd (photo: Satellite Affordable Housing Assoc.)

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CA Dedicates Millions For Climate Justice!

Advocates score big win with budget decision to reduce greenhouse gas by boosting local transit and building affordable housing
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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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Transportation Justice

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

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E. 12th St. Affordable Housing Win!

Envisioning an Oakland that people from all rungs of the economic ladder can call home

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Campaign for Quality Education v. California

This lawsuit charges that California's failure to adequately fund its schools so that every student has a reasonable opportunity to obtain a meaningful education is a violation of their fundamental right to education under the California Constitution.

6 Wins Network

As one of the creators of the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network, we're championing an Equity, Environment and Jobs scenario for the Bay Area's future.

Oversight of Private Postsecondary Schools

Improving the quality of California's postsecondary education through stronger oversight and better consumer information.

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Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Michelle Alexander was a former member of the Board of Governors and interned in 1990. She currently is an associate...

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August 27, 2015

AB 573 will be a step in the right direction in improving for-profit education in California, but there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that every student in California is getting a quality education.

August 18, 2015

Great strides have been made in tearing down the barriers of legalized segregation, but now it is time to use the law to end de facto segregation and actively create possibilities for more integrated communities.

August 17, 2015

Karem Herrera joined Public Advocates at the beginning of the summer as Legal Administrative Coordinator.

July 21, 2015

Angela Perry recently joined Public Advocates as our Legal Fellow. When she is not working hard to affect positive social change, she can likely be found exploring new neighborhoods, doing art and handicraft projects or hanging out with Tuna.

July 21, 2015

By Matt Sellars and Francis Yao, Public Advocates summer Education Team Law Clerks

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August 17, 2015
Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters writes about the debate around how to evaluate California's schools. With testing out as the primary way to account for how the system is doing, there are discussions going on about the new accountability system which uses multiple measures to assess school achievement.
August 13, 2015
Bay City News reports on efforts by Oakland United to ensure the development of Coliseum City benefits local residents, mentioning Public Advocates as a coalition member.
July 21, 2015
Listen to a news report aired on KQED-FM which includes a comment from Staff Attorney David Zisser about Oakland’s decision to re-open bids for the development of a city-owned parcel of land that neighborhood groups argued should include affordable housing.
July 18, 2015
Listen to a KPFA-FM radio report featuring PA staff attorney Sam Tepperman-Gelfant and Eastlake United for Justice member Monica Garcia about the fight for affordable housing in Ms. Garcia's neighborhood near Lake Merritt.
July 16, 2015
Community wins! Public Advocates/ Eastlake United for Justice Press Release on Oakland's decision to re-open bids for development of E.12th St. parcel overlooking Lake Merritt.