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Keeping the Promise of LCFF

A study of fifteen school districts reveals a trend of highly questionable reporting practices.
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MTC and ABAG get a "D" Grade

Do the Bay Area's regional agencies make the grade in creating a Plan Bay Area for all?
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AB 1550 Fact Sheet

Proposed law would invest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds to benefit disadvantaged communities throughout California
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Update on School Funding Lawsuits

Court of Appeal rules Constituion does not protect children's right to a quality education. Plaintiffs vow to fight.
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Campaign for Quality Education v. California

This lawsuit charges that California's failure to adequately fund its schools is a violation of California Constitution

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Representing low-income communities and engaging in decisions on how to spend massive amounts of money and locate new development that will remake the Bay Area for generations to come.

California's New School Finance Law: 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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Seeking Candidates for 2017-2019 Fellowship Projects

We are seeking for dynamic and dedicated advocates to apply for project funding with us through the Equal Justice Works and Skadden post-graduate fellowship programs.


May 25, 2016

Roxanne Alejandre joined Public Advocates a few months ago as a volunteer attorney on the Education Team. As you will read, when Roxanne isn't volunteering her time to advance education equity she spends time with her family.

May 25, 2016

California school districts are not providing the level of transparency and accountability promised in exchange for increased spending flexibility under the state’s landmark 2013 education finance reform law known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), according to two reports recently issues by Public Advocates.

May 25, 2016

When Governor Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal on May 13, he argued that California must build its reserves for a future economic winter. But when it comes to climate change, failing to spend urgently and intelligently may make our meteorological winters ever dryer and hotter.

May 11, 2016

Tia Nguyen recently joined Public Advocates as Administrative Assistant in our Sacramento office. A recent Graduate of the University of California, Davis — Tia is passionate about social justice issues, and in her free time, she enjoys exploring new places and honing in on her cooking and yoga skills. Welcome to Public Advocates Tia!

March 23, 2016

Every year, our Voices of Conscience Celebration brings together hundreds of friends and supporters from law firms, local communities and nonprofit organizations to commemorate civil rights victories and to recognize courageous individuals who challenge the systemic causes of poverty and discrimination.

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Volunteer Opportunities: Summer 2016

Spend your summer semester at one of California’s leading civil rights law firms. We are looking for volunteers with a passion for advancing social justice.


May 25, 2016
Education Law Prof Blog highlights Public Advocates' new study analyzing the reporting practices of school districts in California. The report suggests a potential mismanagement or misuse of school funds intended to provide supplemental resources for high-need students.
May 21, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle article on how San Francisco teacher salaries compare with other jobs in the city.
May 19, 2016
KPCC reports on call by education advocates for more accountability on spending of funds for high-need students.
May 16, 2016
KQED reports on school districts depriving English language learners of state funds that should be directed to their education.
May 4, 2016
EdSource reports that in response to critiques the state is moving toward making the Local Control and Accountability Plans that school districts are required to draw up more understandable and user-friendly.