Letter from the SB 535 Coalition leadership to the California Senate Budget Committee with recommendations for new program priorities for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, including transit passes for low-income residents of disadvantaged communities.
Given the rapid and continuing expansion of the charter school industry and the tremendous investment of public dollars, California must act now to reform its oversight system. Without reform, California stands to lose millions of dollars as a result of charter school fraud, waste, and mismanagement. This report profiles the risk of fraud in California charter schools and provides recommendations to state agencies and charter schools on best practices to protect public dollars and prevent financial mismanagement.
Public Advocates and coalition partners submitted recommendations to the Oakland City Planning Commission on the Coliseum City Specific Plan and zoning on affordable housing, anti-displacement protections, accessible and affordable transit, community and environmental health, and good jobs.
Managing Attorney John Affeldt analyzes the many congruencies between California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and a “new accountability” framework articulated by Professor Linda Darling-Hammond and others. New accountability assesses school and district performance based on multiple measures and seeks to support and assist those entities towards continuous improvement, as opposed to the current dominant accountability model in the U.S. which tests and punishes schools and districts on a narrow set of standardized testing outcomes. John also analyzes where California and LCFF fall short of a functioning “new accountability” — namely the failure of the state to be accountable for the provision of adequate resources to support a common core standards-based education system and adequate state attention to managing its teacher quality, a key component of instructional effectiveness and the capacity to continuously improve.
In 2012, California implemented a cap‐and‐trade program as part of its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A new cross‐sector coalition called Sustainable Communities for All (SC4A) successfully championed a joint platform that prioritized social equity and proposed allocating a significant percentage of cap‐and‐trade revenue to provide transportation choices and build homes affordable to lower‐income households near transit.
Public Advocates and its allies in the Sustainable Communities for All coalition are featured in a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on how successful cross-sector collaboration led to winning hundreds of millions of dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while benefiting California’s most vulnerable populations.
Public Advocates helped to spearhead a coalition of 18 civil rights, advocacy and community organizations to submit comments to guide the State Board of Education’s development of evaluation rubrics for school districts, charter schools and counties, required by LCFF. Includes the coalition’s suggested metrics and standards.
A version of the permanent LCFF regulations and LCAP template adopted by the State Board of Education on November 14, 2014, with key changes highlighted in yellow, and parent engagement requirements highlighted in green.
Legal demand letter on behalf of Urban Habitat and the Sierra Club to the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, requesting changes to bring its draft long-range County Transportation Plan into compliance with California law before adopting it.