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Geography of College Readiness in California

By Cesar Alesi Perez, Hans Johnson, Vicki Hsieh, Niu Gao

More than 40% of 9th graders finish high school and complete required courses for admission to a California public university. But this share varies widely across school districts and by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

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California’s Housing Construction Picks Up Pace

By Hans Johnson, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

During the first four months of 2021, the total number of new housing units authorized by local jurisdictions increased 25% compared to the same period in 2020. Still, recent numbers are well below levels seen in earlier years.

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K–12 Enrollment Declines Vary across Districts

By Julien Lafortune, Emmanuel Prunty

Public school enrollment in California declined by nearly 3% between 2019–20 and 2020–21. Drops in enrollment vary across school districts, though there is little evidence that the size of the decline is related to reopening, demographics, or other district-level factors.

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California’s New Baby Bust

By Hans Johnson, Eric McGhee

Although birth rates have been falling for years, they reached new lows in 2021. Women in their 20s account for the vast majority of recent declines.

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Tracking Anti-Asian Hate

By Vicki Hsieh, Joseph Hayes

As Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities continue to confront verbal and physical attacks, we spoke with Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of AAPI Data and adjunct PPIC fellow, about this troubling trend.

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