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California’s Multilingual Population Is Driving TK–12 Enrollment Declines

By Laura Hill, Julien Lafortune

Amid ongoing overall enrollment declines in California's public school system, the trend for students who speak a language other than English at home is diverging from that for other students. This has significant implications for the funding and programs available to support English Learners.

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Groundwater in California

By Kyle Greenspan, Spencer Cole, Caitlin Peterson

Groundwater is a vital, but threatened, component of California’s water supply. Learn more about this important resource!

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A Closer Look at Enrollment Changes in California’s Public Schools

By Julien Lafortune, Laura Hill, Emmanuel Prunty

Public TK–12 enrollment in California fell by almost 15,000 students—about a quarter of a percent—in 2023–24. Although this marks the seventh straight year of declines, the statewide enrollment picture has improved considerably since the first years of the pandemic.

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How Did Pandemic Recovery Funding Support California Community Colleges?

By Olga Rodriguez, Daniel Payares-Montoya, Kevin Cook

How did California Community Colleges use billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid, and what were the outcomes? A new report explores how these investments contributed to positive student engagement and a successful transition to online classes. It also offers policy suggestions for sustained momentum forward.

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An Early Look at the November Election

By Mark Baldassare

With California's November ballot taking shape, we examine how the state's voters are feeling about races for president, the US Senate, and the House of Representatives.

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California’s Care Workforce

By Shannon McConville, Daniel Payares-Montoya, Sarah Bohn

State master plans on the aging population and early learning and care have prioritized workforce expansion and career pathways for care workers who provide key services to young children, older residents, and people with disabilities. A new report outlines current realities and highlights challenges and opportunities in growing this critical workforce.

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