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For-profit education businesses have been in the news a lot recently, and it’s not good news. Education giant Corinthian Colleges now faces bankruptcy for flouting federal regulations, leaving tens of thousands of California students hoping for refunds and wondering if their coursework or degree will be worth anything as they try to find a job to pay off their crippling debt. According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, over the last five years, “more than $600 million in college assistance for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has been spent on California schools so substandard that they have failed to qualify for state financial aid.” The biggest beneficiary of these funds has been the University of Phoenix’s San Diego campus. Smaller local schools like Intercoast College are graduating students without preparing them for the exams required for their future careers in nursing.
Few things are more frustrating to us and our clients than to celebrate social gains won in the streets or within the halls of power, only to see them unravel over time because of inadequate enforcement or the lack of political will to implement them. President & CEO Guillermo Mayer illustrates how proper implementation is essential to making rights real.
Irony was thick in the air as two large groups — one made up of wealthy homeowners and the other low-income residents — came to a San Mateo City Council meeting on July 21st, each to discuss a separate agenda item. Staff Attorney David Zisser describes how this meeting illustrated the stark contrast between the two Bay Areas in which we live.
One of the highlights for our summer interns was an East Bay bus tour with Matt Williams, former president of the AC Transit board. Summer law clerk Evelina Nava shares the view from the road about what she and others learned about transit system disparities.
Attorney and fellow Brandon Greene provides an update on how Public Advocates and our coalition partners are influencing final regulations to implement California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), making sure it benefits high-need students, as intended.