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The 2020 Census and Political Representation in California

By Eric McGhee, Sarah Bohn, Tess Thorman

If the 2020 Census does a poor job of counting traditionally undercounted populations and immigrant communities, the state could easily lose one of its 53 seats in the House of Representatives.

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Make California’s Water Grid Climate-Ready

By Jeffrey Mount, Ellen Hanak

Climate pressures are seriously stressing the state’s water system. California must prepare its water grid for greater extremes and growing water scarcity.


K–12 Reforms and California’s English Learner Achievement Gap

By Laura Hill

English Learner (EL) students have been a key part of California’s K–12 system for decades. They currently make up about 21 percent of the public school population. English Learner status is meant to be temporary, and indeed, reclassified English Learners (those who are deemed English proficient) are among the best-performing students in the state. But students who remain ELs for longer periods generally have poor outcomes.

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Pretrial Risk and Cash Bail

By Justin Goss

Reforming the bail system could save funds and free up scarce jail beds—even while maintaining public safety.

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A Look Back at the Year in Water Policy

By Ellen Hanak

California’s year of extremes demonstrated the impact of our variable climate on water management. The PPIC Water Policy Center responded.

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