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Remedial Education Reforms at California’s Community Colleges: Early Evidence on Placement and Curricular Reforms

California’s community colleges are in the midst of a major transformation of developmental education. Several colleges have been experimenting with placement and curricular reforms for…

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

Key findings from the current survey: A majority of likely voters (56%) say the candidates’ environmental positions are very important in determining their vote in…

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Californians and the Coast

Most Californians see ocean and beach conditions as very important to the state’s future. Three in four Californians (74%) say the condition of the ocean…

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Child Poverty in California

Child poverty rates remain substantially higher than before the recession. According to official poverty statistics, 19.9% of children in California lived in families without enough…

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Poverty in California

Despite improvements, the official poverty rate remains high. According to official poverty statistics, 14.3% of Californians lacked enough resources—about $24,300 per year for a family…

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The Working Poor in California

Employment—even full-time employment—does not eliminate poverty. In 2016, more than 2 million Californians age 25–64 were working but still in poverty (13% of working adults…

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California’s State Budget: The Enacted 2018–19 Budget

K–12 and higher education continue to see funding increases in this year’s budget. The plan also expands support for working Californians and the homeless, while…

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California’s K–12 Test Scores: What Can the Available Data Tell Us?

California’s K–12 system relies on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) English and mathematics tests to measure student academic progress and assess school and district…

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