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Policy Brief: California School Districts and the Emergency Connectivity Fund

By Joseph Hayes, Niu Gao, Chansonette Buck

How well did federal pandemic funding improve digital access for historically underserved K–12 students and their families? Districts focused on building connectivity—rather than purchasing devices—but more work is needed to narrow the digital divide.


California School Districts and the Emergency Connectivity Fund

By Joseph Hayes, Niu Gao

How well did federal pandemic funds improve digital access for historically underserved K–12 students and their families? A new report details how districts worked to close California’s digital divide in education, with suggestions for building momentum now that a key program has ended.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Lauren Mora, Deja Thomas

The latest PPIC Statewide Survey finds that Biden and Schiff both continue to hold wide leads in their November races, while a solid majority prefer the Democratic candidate across California's ten competitive US House districts.


Replenishing Groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley

Groundwater recharge has emerged as an important way to replenish the San Joaquin Valley’s dwindling aquifers, particularly under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Last year, we asked dozens of urban and agricultural water managers to tell us how recharge was going—a reboot of our 2017 survey. How much progress has been made, and what’s needed next? Join us for a presentation of our findings and a panel discussion.

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Video: A Conversation with US Senator Alex Padilla

By Mary Severance

PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye sat down with US senator Alex Padilla for a wide-ranging conversation about major challenges facing California and the nation, including immigration, voting rights, and climate change.

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Video: California’s Care Workforce

By Mary Severance

PPIC researchers Daniel Payares-Montoya and Shannon McConville discuss a new report on the care workforce—which provides essential services to children, older residents, and people with disabilities—and talk with state policymakers about the challenges of meeting future demand.

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The End of Affordable Connectivity?

By Joseph Hayes, Eric Assan

This month marks the end of a federal program that helped low-income households afford internet access. Nearly 3 million California households—half of those eligible—were enrolled.


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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Video: The Political Views of Young Californians

By Stephanie Barton

Do younger Californians have different opinions than older Californians on politics and policy? PPIC policy director and senior fellow Eric McGhee discusses a new report that examines the gaps between younger and older Californians in their partisanship, ideology, and opinions on current issues.

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