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Achieving Digital Equity for California’s Students

By Joseph Hayes, Niu Gao

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of digital connectivity for learning—while highlighting serious inequities in access to broadband and computing devices. Learn about the progress California made last year and the steps the state can take to achieve the goal of affordable broadband and devices for all California students.

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Many Students Enrolled in Learning Programs Last Summer

By Emmanuel Prunty, Niu Gao, Laura Hill

About one in four California families say their children participated in summer learning programs in 2021, with enrollment especially high among students from low-income and Latino families.


Targeted K–12 Funding and Student Outcomes

By Julien Lafortune

As students return to the classroom, record-high funding through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will help California districts address gaps after a year of remote learning. In this report, we examine school and district spending against trends in student outcomes to offer insight into whether the LCFF is meeting its goal of improving equity in education.

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K–12 Enrollment Declines Vary across Districts

By Julien Lafortune, Emmanuel Prunty

Public school enrollment in California declined by nearly 3% between 2019–20 and 2020–21. Drops in enrollment vary across school districts, though there is little evidence that the size of the decline is related to reopening, demographics, or other district-level factors.

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How Telehealth Can Bring Equity to Health Care

By Paulette Cha

The expanded use of telehealth visits during the pandemic highlights their potential to increase health care access, especially among underserved groups.

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Bay Area Recovery May Lag without Onsite Tech Workers

By Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

Unemployment in the San Francisco Bay Area is lower than statewide. But a sustained recovery—especially in the region’s downtown districts—could depend on many employees shifting back to onsite work as the pandemic recedes.

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