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photo - Student Building Furniture with Help From TeacherImproving Career Education Pathways into California’s Workforce

COVID-19 hit workers with less education hardest, underscoring the need for public investments in workforce training. In this report, we describe student pathways through career…

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photo - Elementary School Students Wearing Masks and Returning to SchoolPPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education

Key findings from the current survey include: More than eight in ten Californians think K–12 students are falling behind academically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most…

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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 - Students Group On CampusImmigrants and Education in California

Educational attainment among California’s recent immigrants has risen markedly. Immigrants now make up 31% of California workers with at least a bachelor’s degree. However, immigrants…

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Photo of a multi-generational familyImmigrants in California

California is home to almost 11 million immigrants—about a quarter of the foreign-born population nationwide. More than half (53%) of California’s immigrants are naturalized US…

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photo - High School Graduate Smiling and Hugging Mother After Graduation CeremonyDoes Raising High School Graduation Requirements Improve Student Outcomes?

The shift to distance learning during the COVID-19 crisis exacerbated inequities in California’s K–12 system, adding urgency to an ongoing discussion about the role of…

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photo - Student Distance Learning from HomeThe Digital Divide in Education

The COVID-19 pandemic heightened the importance of technology in education—and highlighted long-standing gaps in broadband and device access that affect African American, Latino, and lower-income…

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cover shot of California's Future publicationCalifornia’s Future

This multi-topic publication highlights the state’s most pressing long-term policy challenges in several key areas: criminal justice, economy, education, safety net, and water and a…

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