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Video: Californians and Education

By Mary Severance

Researchers Deja Thomas and Dean Bonner discuss key findings from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, which examines Californians’ views on the quality of K–12 public education, school funding and resources, and state officials’ handling of the K–12 system.

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Statewide Survey: Californians and Education

PPIC’s April survey explores Californians’ opinions of the quality of K–12 public education, school funding and resources, and state officials’ handling of the education system. The survey also examines sentiments around the pandemic's impact on academic performance and well-being and probes attitudes about policies that allow school boards to ban books and decide curriculum. PPIC survey analyst Deja Thomas will present findings and discuss key takeaways from the survey with associate survey director Dean Bonner.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education

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

As the California Legislature considers placing a school facilities bond on the November 2024 ballot, around half of likely voters say they would vote yes on such a measure. About eight in ten public school parents see catching up academically or addressing the pandemic’s social-emotional impact as the biggest K–12 challenge.

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California’s Digital Divide

By Joseph Hayes, Eric Assan, Niu Gao

Digital access is at an all-time high in California—and major investments by state and federal governments have helped narrow the digital divide. But racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities persist.

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Video: Spotlight on Rural California

By Mary Severance

PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye speaks with assembly Republican leader James Gallagher and then with a panel of local and regional leaders about key rural issues for state policymakers to address.

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Spotlight on Rural California

Rural California is vast—and varied. It faces unique challenges, from high poverty to sparse social services to a lingering digital divide. What are the most immediate challenges and how are leaders and stakeholders addressing them? Join PPIC for a conversation between James Gallagher, assembly Republican leader, and Tani Cantil-Sakauye, president and CEO of PPIC, followed by a panel discussion with state and local leaders.

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Labor Force Participation in California

California’s labor force participation is shrinking, mainly because of an aging population. But significant participation gaps across demographic groups also pose limitations. How can the state remove barriers to work and build a strong workforce for years to come? PPIC researchers Julien Lafortune, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, and Hans Johnson will discuss findings—and pathways forward—from a new report.

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Video: California’s Economic Future

By Mary Severance

At the launch event for PPIC's new Economic Policy Center, Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal spoke with center director Sarah Bohn and leaders from across the state about how California's economy is faring and what kinds of policies could best help workers and businesses thrive.

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Video: Eel River—Reconnecting Salmon and People

By Sarah Bardeen, Cameron Nielsen

The Eel River once hosted one of California’s great salmon runs, but a combination of factors decimated those populations. Now, planned dam removals might help restore salmon—but how will these changes affect river communities? Filmmaker Cameron Nielsen spoke to people on all sides of the issue in this visually arresting short documentary

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