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Oakland gang injunctions win tailored support from City Council

OAKLAND -- Gang injunctions in North Oakland and the Fruitvale district won the support of the City Council on Tuesday night. In a 4-3 vote, the council decided to continue funding both efforts, which have cost the city about $760,000, mostly in staff time. They demanded that the city attorney not... Read More

KPFA Special Broadcast

Our Director of Programs, Kris Lev-Twombly, speaks about the problem of California is slashing funding for education and health care while billions of dollars in incarceration costs remain untouched. Begins at 6:30. Fund Drive Special: Michael Moore - May 18, 2011 at 8:00am Click to listen (or... Read More

During "State of Emergency" for Education in California, Oakland Unified Endures Cuts

California spends $216,000 on each youth it incarcerates, but only about $6,000 on each child it educates. It imprisons a larger percentage of its youth than most other states. And it spends less on education per student than just about any other state. These warped priorities, highlighted by the... Read More

Parents, Teachers Push Tax Hikes To Fund Public Schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parents are joining teachers in their week-long series of protests, demanding that state lawmakers make sure public schools are adequately funded. Some parent groups are comparing spending on education and incarceration, which they say is the cost of underfunding public... Read More

Calif. parents press tax hikes to fund schools

ACRAMENTO, Calif.—Parent groups joined California teachers Tuesday on the front lines of a weeklong series of rallies against the possibility of deep budget cuts to education, demanding that state lawmakers raise revenue to adequately fund public schools. At a rally outside the state Capitol... Read More

AM Alert: Teachers' panel in the hot seat

Teachers gathering for Day Two of budget protests at the Capitol will find their own oversight board in the hot seat under the dome. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee meets at 10 a.m. today to take a look at delays in discipline for teacher misconduct cases and other alleged problems at the... Read More

Families rally in Sacramento May 10th: Books not Bars

Families from Berkeley, Oakland and all of the Bay Area have met the groundswell to reach Governor Jerry Brown with a demand that we need close prisons for youth offenders, releasing $102,000 per prisoner and prioritize with our state money education, to bring about the best future for California... Read More