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School Spending Reviewed in 4 Cities

Parents, Students, Community Partners and Public Advocates Keep a Close Eye on School Spending

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Community Call for Affordable Housing!

The fight for affordable housing along the shores of Oakland's Lake Merritt takes off

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Transportation Justice

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

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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

Oversight of Private Postsecondary Schools

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

6 Wins Network

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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Jamienne S. Studley
Jamienne S. Studley
“My notions of justice were formed at the dinner table, especially occasions with my grandparents, Polish and...

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September 23, 2015

President and CEO Guillermo Mayer was invited by the Latino Community Foundation to speak to a group of their grantees about why Latino non-profits should engage in advocacy.

September 22, 2015

Public Advocates teamed up with the statewide grassroots organization Californians for Justice (CFJ) to bring students and parents together to ensure that school districts are properly spending money intended for California’s neediest students.

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.

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Communications/Development Volunteer Positions Available

Interested in joining our dedicated team as a communications or development volunteer? Positions are open for the fall of 2015. Write to us!


October 12, 2015
San José Mercury News article about parent and student involvement in review of local school spending plans targeting services for English learners, foster youth and low-income students Bay Area communities.

California New Laws (In the Press)

October 9, 2015
Gov. Brown vetoed a law to help thousands of students stranded by the collapse of Corinthian Colleges.
October 8, 2015
Report back on statewide convening of environmental justice advocates, activists and researchers.
October 8, 2015
Governor Brown vetoes bill that would have provided relief to student victims of for-profit Corinthian Colleges closure.
October 7, 2015
Bill allows California schools to award diplomas retroactively to students who met graduation requirements but failed the CA High School Exit Exam