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CA Assembly Votes in Favor of AB 1550!
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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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Keeping the Promise of LCFF

A study of fifteen school districts reveals a trend of highly questionable reporting practices.
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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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Sheena Wadhawan is the Advocacy Director at DC Employment Justice Center. Sheena previously worked at CASA de...

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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.


June 22, 2016

With Public Advocates’ support, parents and students won key victories in the past month aimed at keeping the promise of the landmark school funding reform, the Local Control Funding Formula.

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!

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Volunteer Opportunities: Summer and Fall 2016

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


June 21, 2016
For over a week, all of us at Public Advocates have mourned and grieved for our LGBTQI brothers and sisters who lost their lives at The Pulse on June 12 and for the many injured survivors and family members whose lives will be forever changed.
June 21, 2016
The 74 reports on how California is hoping to redefine school accountability in the “California Way.”
June 19, 2016
EdSource reports that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has given Los Angeles Unified a one-year reprieve from a ruling requiring the district to spend potentially hundreds of millions of additional dollars on English learners and low-income children to comply with the state’s new school funding law.
June 16, 2016
District agrees to revise plan for spending on high-need students
June 14, 2016
Statement from Public Advocates, ACLU Foundation of Southern California, and Covington & Burling LLP, the legal team representing plaintiffs in Community Coalition of South Los Angeles and Reyna Frias v. LAUSD as well as in their complaint to the California Department of Education regarding the misallocation by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) of $450 million intended for new or improved services for low-income students, English language learners and foster youth in Los Angeles.