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photo - Teacher Delivering Instruction OnlineDistance Learning Strategies in California Schools

Learning gaps are a growing concern after a year of online instruction. During the pandemic, uneven distribution of resources may have widened gaps and led…

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photo - Woman Wearing Mask at Mailbox, Mailing in BallotVote-by-Mail and Voter Turnout in the Pandemic Election

Many states changed their policies to increase voting by mail and reduce the risk from COVID-19 during the 2020 election. In California, officials took extra…

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photo - Backs of Elementary Students in a Row JumpingBuilding California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System

A yearlong collaboration among educational institutions, state agencies, advocates, and researchers has led to a plan for a statewide system that connects K–12, higher education,…

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photo - California State Capitol BuildingPPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Key findings from the current survey include: As approval of Governor Newsom holds steady, four in ten likely voters would vote to remove the governor…

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photo - Child Distance Learning from HomeSurveying the Landscape of California’s English Learner Reclassification Policy

Measuring the progress of English Learners grew more complex after California schools switched to online learning, as some tools to assess students became unavailable. This…

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photo of county jail fenceCalifornia’s County Jails

With crowded conditions in some jails and limited health care infrastructure, the pandemic creates many challenges for county jails in California.

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photo - California State Capitol BuildingPPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Key findings from the current survey include a majority approve of Governor Newsom’s job performance and his handling of COVID-19—but the state gets low marks…

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photo - Teenage Girl Listening with Headphones and Looking at TabletAssessing Teen Well-Being and Mental Health after the Medi-Cal Expansion

Through the Medi-Cal expansion, California invested in adult mental health—but did teens also benefit? This report examines trends in adolescent mental health and maltreatment, and…

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