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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.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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

Key findings include: Adam Schiff leads over Steve Garvey in the US Senate race; likely voters prefer the Democratic to the Republican candidate in House races. Californians support the governor’s May Revision to the budget but have mixed views on proposals to manage the budget shortfall. Majorities oppose ballot measures that impact state and local governments’ ability to raise revenues.

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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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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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Policy Brief: How Did Pandemic Recovery Funding Support California Community Colleges?

By Olga Rodriguez, Daniel Payares-Montoya, Kevin Cook, Chansonette Buck

Much of the pandemic recovery funding went directly to students—even that earmarked for institutional support. Investments reported to enhance student equity, success, and enrollment include making college more affordable, expanding student supports and services, and increasing flexibility in course modality.

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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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Testimony: Retail Theft in California

By Magnus Lofstrom

At a hearing of the Little Hoover Commission, PPIC policy director and senior fellow Magnus Lofstrom discussed trends in shoplifting and commercial burglary, including geographic variation across the state.

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PPIC Turns 30

By Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Since its founding in 1994, PPIC has been committed to providing independent, nonpartisan research on the critical policy questions facing our state. President and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye reflects on the institute's three decades of impact—and what lies ahead.

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Medi-Cal Has Expanded Health Coverage in California

By Shannon McConville, Shalini Mustala

Over the past ten years, the expansion of Medi-Cal has been a key driver of health coverage gains under the federal Affordable Care Act. Federal policy responses during the COVID-19 public health emergency also boosted Medi-Cal enrollment, though it has declined with the resumption last year of regular eligibility checks.

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