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Financing California’s Public Schools

By Julien Lafortune

K–12 funding has been at record-high levels in recent years, and California’s per student spending is now slightly above the national average. Spending is higher for low-income students, English Learners, and foster youth. However, enrollment declines, rising costs, and the expiration of pandemic funding pose fiscal challenges for school districts.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

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

Key findings include: A record-high 71 percent of Californians believe that children growing up in the state today will be worse off financially than their parents. Three in ten workers fear losing their jobs to new technology like artificial intelligence. A majority say that California will have bad economic times in the next 12 months; about half approve of how Governor Newsom is handling jobs and the economy.

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Californians See Problems at the Border but Sympathize with Migrants

By Lauren Mora, Dean Bonner

Nearly two in three Californians think the situation at the US-Mexico border is either a crisis or a major problem, while an overwhelming majority are sympathetic to people from other countries who travel to the US border in an attempt to enter the country.

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Californians Hold Dismal Views of the US Supreme Court

By Dean Bonner

As a new US Supreme Court term begins, more than two in three Californians disapprove of the court. Views of the Supreme Court—as well as of some recent decisions—vary widely across party lines.

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Race and Diversity in the Golden State

By Hans Johnson, Eric McGhee, Carolyn Subramaniam, Vicki Hsieh

California is one of the most diverse states in the nation, but disparate outcomes persist across and within racial groups.

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California’s Likely Voters

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Deja Thomas

Likely voters lean Democratic and are ideologically mixed. They also tend to be whiter, older, more educated, and more affluent than adults overall.

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