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Video: Tracking Progress in Community College Access and Success

By Vicki Hsieh

Four years ago, state lawmakers dramatically broadened access to key transfer-level courses at California’s community colleges. PPIC researcher Cesar Alesi Perez presents findings from a new report on what these reforms have meant for improving student outcomes.

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Testimony: Improving College Access and Success through Dual Enrollment

By Olga Rodriguez

At a hearing of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, PPIC Higher Education Center director and senior fellow Olga Rodriguez discusses the state landscape for dual enrollment—by which high school students take college courses and earn college credit—and how this approach can help improve student outcomes.

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Making the Most of State Investments in Dual Enrollment

By Daniel Payares-Montoya, Mary Severance

California is taking various steps to expand the reach of dual enrollment, which allows high school students to take college courses. We talked with Dr. Sandra Fuentes, Interim Dean of Early College at Reedley College in the Central Valley, about how dual enrollment can help historically underserved students succeed in postsecondary education.

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School Vaccination Rates Vary across California

By Shalini Mustala, Shannon McConville

Maintaining adequate school vaccination rates is essential for public health and community well-being, but many schools across the state could be vulnerable to disease outbreaks due to lower vaccination rates.

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Video: Examining the Reach of Targeted School Funding

By Stephanie Barton

All school districts in California saw large funding increases over the past decade, through the Local Control Funding Formula. PPIC researcher Julien Lafortune explores how districts managed these funds—and how they affected student outcomes.

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Did Pandemic Aid Narrow the Digital Divide?

By Darriya Starr, Joseph Hayes, Niu Gao

As part of a multifaceted package of pandemic assistance, the federal government in 2021 allocated nearly $7 billion to help schools and libraries expand access to digital devices and internet connectivity. We examine what this has meant for digital equity among California students.

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Video: Improving College Access and Success through Dual Enrollment

By Stephanie Barton

PPIC researchers Daniel Payares-Montoya and Iwunze Ugo discuss a new report that examines how dual enrollment—by which high school students take college classes and earn college credit—can improve educational outcomes and engagement for a wide range of students.

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Private Schooling Played a Small Role in Declining Public School Enrollment

By Emmanuel Prunty, Julien Lafortune

Private schooling in California increased substantially during the pandemic. Still, it accounts for a small share of total K–12 enrollment and is not a major factor in public school declines, which are driven largely by broader demographic shifts.

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Civic Education Is Essential to California’s Future

By Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Today’s students are tomorrow’s voters, leaders, and problem solvers. PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye reflects on the importance of civic education in preparing young people to engage with elections, public policy, and other elements of a democratic society.

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Video: Funding Education in California

By Stephanie Barton

Ten years ago, California implemented the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in an effort to improve student outcomes and increase equity. PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye and a panel of experts—Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary Ben Chida, Assemblymember Josh Hoover, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond—discuss what LCFF has meant for K–12 education and talk about key issues moving forward.

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