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How Has California Narrowed Its K–12 Digital Divide?

By Niu Gao, Joseph Hayes, Darriya Starr

Since the onset of the pandemic, educators and policymakers have made substantial strides in addressing two key barriers to universal digital access—affordability and infrastructure.

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Video: Two Years of COVID in California

By Ashlyn Perri

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, PPIC has provided insights on the far-reaching impact of the pandemic. Two years in, we reflect on what COVID-19 has meant for California—and how it has reshaped our lives.

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How Did the Pandemic Transform California’s Safety Net?

By Caroline Danielson

Government investments and service innovations reduced the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The impact of these approaches can inform safety net policy beyond the pandemic.

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Helping K–12 Students Recover from the Pandemic

By Laura Hill, Niu Gao, Julien Lafortune

Increased state and federal resources will play a key role as California helps students overcome learning disruptions of the past two years, though longer-term challenges remain.

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Who Stands to Gain from Changes in School Enrollment Funding?

By Julien Lafortune, Joseph Herrera

The state legislature is considering a change in how California K–12 schools are funded. Examining how attendance varies across districts—and how this relates to student demographics—sheds light on which districts might see the largest funding increases.

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College Admissions in an Era of Uncertainty

By Niu Gao, Hans Johnson

The University of California and the California State University have altered admissions policies to address some of the academic effects of the pandemic and to increase equity in access. What does the early evidence say about the impact of these changes?

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2021 Year in Review

By Mark Baldassare

The past year has been another deeply challenging one for California and the nation. As 2021 draws to a close, president and CEO Mark Baldassare reflects on the role PPIC has played in providing essential information—and fostering constructive dialogue—on the critical policy issues facing our state.

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What’s Next for California’s K–12 Enrollment?

By Julien Lafortune, Emmanuel Prunty, Vicki Hsieh

The statewide decline in K–12 enrollment is projected to accelerate over the next decade, though with significant variation across counties.

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