PPIC's Publications RSS Feedhttp://www.ppic.org/en-usCopyright 2016 PPIC All Rights Reserved.Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:49:07 PDTPublic Policy Institute of California : Publications 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 Higher Education in California http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179 <p>Higher education enhances Californians’ lives and contributes to the state’s economic growth. But population and education trends suggest that California is facing a large shortfall of college graduates. Addressing this short­fall will require strong gains for groups that have been historically under­represented in higher education. Substantial improvement in educational outcomes will create a more productive economy, higher incomes and tax revenues, and less pressure on the social safety net. This briefing kit highlights the most pressing issues in seven key areas. </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> <p>We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund.</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: California’s Higher Education System http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180 <p>California’s system of public and private institutions is the largest—and one of the most diverse—in the nation. To meet 21st-century challenges, the state needs to set overarching goals and strengthen coordination across the system. </p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Addressing California’s Skills Gap http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181 <p>California is facing a shortage of college graduates. Policymakers can help the state’s higher education institutions meet changing economic needs by setting new goals, making new investments, and focusing on programs that improve student success </p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Expanding College Access http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182 <p>More California high school graduates than ever are ready for college, and more applicants than ever are being turned away from the state’s public universities. Providing meaningful access to higher education is essential to Californians and the state economy.</p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas:</p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Improving College Completion http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183 <p>California needs to help more students stay in school and get their degrees. Preparing high school students for college is key. Boosting transfers from community college and shortening the time it takes to graduate are also important.</p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Increasing Equity and Diversity http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184 <p>Graduation rates among underrepresented students are increasing slowly but remain low. Raising these rates is a key element in narrowing California’s skills gap. </p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT