Commentary: An Equitable Recovery for California Requires Two Key Strategies Sarah Bohn, Dean Bonner, Vicki Hsieh January 25 2021 The current economic downturn has had an outsized impact on low-wage workers, communities of color, and women, and threatens to widen inequality. The right short- and long-term policies could help those most affected while broadening economic opportunity.
Creating a Safety Net for Immigrant Communities Shannon McConville January 21 2021 Through Disaster Relief Aid for Immigrants, California has dedicated $75 million to assist undocumented immigrants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We talked with Joseph Villela, director of Policy and Advocacy at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, about his organization’s experience in helping create this emergency program.
Testimony: A New Era of Student Access at California’s Community Colleges Olga Rodriguez January 19 2021 In testimony for the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, PPIC’s Olga Rodriguez presents research showing that expanded access to transfer-level English and math courses improves student outcomes and narrows—but does not erase—racial inequities.
Improving College Readiness through Dual Enrollment Olga Rodriguez, Niu Gao, Bonnie Brooks, Gabriel Gutierrez-Aragon January 15 2021 Dual enrollment--allowing high school students to take college courses--is an important strategy for expanding educational opportunities. It’s especially important for helping students from underserved communities.