PPIC's Publications RSS Feedhttp://www.ppic.org/en-usCopyright 2016 PPIC All Rights Reserved.Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:51:43 PDTPublic Policy Institute of California : Publications PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1200 <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Some findings of the current survey:</span></p> <ul> <li>Ten years after California enacted AB 32, strong majorities support the law’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goal and favor expanding it.</li> <li>Most Californians say they are willing to pay more for electricity from renewable sources to help reduce global warming.</li> <li>When asked about the most important environmental issue facing the state, more Californians name water supply and drought than any other issue.</li> <li>Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in the presidential race; in the US Senate matchup, Kamala Harris leads Loretta Sanchez.</li> </ul> <p align="left"><img border="0" alt="" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" /><span style="color: rgb(205, 113, 0); font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;"> Crosstabs</span>: <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_AllAdults0716.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_LikelyVoters0716.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p align="left"><img border="0" alt="" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" /><span style="color: rgb(205, 113, 0); font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;"> Time Trends</span>: <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_AllAdults0716.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_LikelyVoters0716.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p> The survey was supported with funding from <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://kabcenellfdn.org/">The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation</a></span>, the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.heisingsimons.org/">Heising-Simons Foundation</a></span>, the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://piscesfoundation.org/">Pisces Foundation</a></span>, and the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://sdbjrfoundation.org/">S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation</a></span>.</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT Accounting for California’s Water http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1206 <p>Understanding California’s balance sheet for water—how much there is, who has claims to it, and what is actually being "spent”—is key to effectively managing the state’s limited water supply in support of a healthy economy and environment. This report compares California’s water accounting systems to those of 11 other western states, Australia, and Spain. It identifies gaps in California’s water information systems, and proposes a dozen ways to bridge them.</p> <p>Read a summary of the report’s <a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/716EHR_recommendations.pdf" target="_blank">policy recommendations</a>.</p> <p>This research was supported with funding from <a href="https://www.packard.org/" target="_blank">The David and Lucile Packard Foundation</a>, the <a href="http://sdbjrfoundation.org/" target="_blank">S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation</a>, the <a href="https://www3.epa.gov/" target="_blank">US Environmental Protection Agency</a>, and the <a href="http://waterfoundation.net/" target="_blank">Water Foundation, an initiative of the Resources Legacy Fund</a>.</p> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT California’s State Budget: The Enacted 2016-17 Budget http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=358 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT California's Latest Drought http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1087 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT Water Use in California http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1108 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT College Readiness in California: A Look at Rigorous High School Course-Taking http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1205 Wed, 6 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT Managing Water for the Environment During Drought: Lessons from Victoria, Australia http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1203 <p>Drought management tools developed to sustain Australia’s environment during a decade-long drought are broadly applicable in California and could help the state’s water managers reduce the devastating effects of water scarcity on native species and ecosystems. This report identifies four broad areas of reform that could improve how the state allocates environmental water during dry times, and reduce conflict over the use of water for environmental purposes.</p> <p>This research was supported with funding from <a href="https://www.packard.org/">The David and Lucile Packard Foundation</a>, the <a href="https://www3.epa.gov/">US Environmental Protection Agency</a>, and the <a href="http://waterfoundation.net/">Water Foundation, an initiative of the Resources Legacy Fund</a>.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT Californians and Transportation http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1204 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT What to Expect from California’s New Motor Voter Law http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1201 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT Family Engagement Practices in California Schools http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1202 <p>In their accountability plans, school districts must address family engagement, which can help improve academic outcomes—especially for disadvantaged students. This report identifies promising family engagement strategies from a review of 15 high-need districts in the state, noting that effective strategies are culturally appropriate and aim to support student learning at home.</p> <p>This research was supported with funding from the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.haasjr.org/">Evelyn &amp; Walter Haas, Jr. Fund</a></span>.</p> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT Upgrading Technology Infrastructure in California’s Schools http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1198 Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT Accountability for California's Alternative Schools http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1195 About 12 percent of all California high school seniors attend an alternative school, but far fewer than half graduate. To improve outcomes and promote the success of at-risk students, the state needs a new approach to measuring alternative school performance. Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1199 <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Some findings of the current survey:</span></p> <ul> <li> Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a close race in the Democratic presidential primary; both candidates lead Donald Trump in potential November matchups. </li> <li> Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez lead the top-two primary for the U.S. Senate, but almost a third of likely voters are undecided. </li> <li> The Republican Party’s favorability rating has dropped sharply since December, while the Democratic Party’s favorability rating has held steady. </li> <li> Most Californians and likely voters support extending Proposition 30 income taxes, increasing the tax on cigarettes, and legalizing marijuana. </li> </ul> <p align="left"><img border="0" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" alt="" /><span style="color: rgb(205, 113, 0); font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;"> Crosstabs</span>: <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_AllAdults0516.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_LikelyVoters0516.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p align="left"><img border="0" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" alt="" /><span style="color: rgb(205, 113, 0); font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;"> Time Trends</span>: <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_AllAdults0516.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_LikelyVoters0516.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p>The survey was supported with funding from <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://irvine.org/">The James Irvine Foundation</a></span> and the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/support_detail.asp?i=1660#donor">PPIC Donor Circle</a></span>.</p> Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT Income Inequality and the Safety Net in California http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1190 Income inequality has been growing for decades, in California and the nation as a whole. In recent years, inequality—and the role of policy in addressing it—has become a major focus of public debate. This report documents the polarization of incomes across the state and shows how social safety net programs mitigate inequality. Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT Improving College Graduation Rates: A Closer Look at California State University http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1197 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT Expanding Health Coverage in California: County Jails as Enrollment Sites http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1196 Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT College Prep for All: Will San Diego Students Meet Challenging New Graduation Requirements? http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1191 Several of California’s major urban school districts have adopted ambitious new high school graduation requirements, making college preparatory coursework mandatory. This analysis—which focuses on San Diego—finds that the new requirements are likely to help many students but may damage the prospects of others. San Diego and other districts can take steps to help lower-achieving students meet the new graduation goals. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1192 <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Some findings of the current survey:</span></p> <ul> <li> Most Californians say that state funding for local schools is inadequate; solid majorities favor a Proposition 30 income tax increase extension and state and local school bonds. </li> <li>Democrats and Republicans are divided on the Common Core standards. Still, a majority of Californians are confident that Common Core will help prepare students for college and careers. </li> <li>While few Californians have heard of the Local Control Funding Formula, a solid majority are supportive after being read a short description of the policy. </li> <li>Californians are concerned about preschool affordability; most favor using some of the state budget surplus to fund early childhood education programs.</li> </ul> <p align="left"><img border="0" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" alt="" /><span style="color: rgb(205, 113, 0); font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;"> Crosstabs</span>: <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_AllAdults0416.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_LikelyVoters0416.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p align="left"><img border="0" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" alt="" /><span style="color: rgb(205, 113, 0); font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;"> Time Trends</span>: <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_AllAdults0416.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_LikelyVoters0416.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p> The survey was supported with funding from the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://sdbjrfoundation.org/">S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation</a></span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1192">The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation</a></span>, the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://investinkidsla.org/">LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment</a></span>, the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://silvergiving.org/">Silver Giving Foundation</a></span>, and the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.stuartfoundation.org/">Stuart Foundation</a></span>.</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Californians and Early Childhood Education http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1193 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Public Preschools in California http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1194 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT