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Addressing Inequities in Reopening Schools during COVID

By Joseph Herrera, Darriya Starr, Emmanuel Prunty, Niu Gao

While nearly all California schools switched to remote learning early in the pandemic, the return to in-person instruction varied across the state—potentially worsening educational inequities.


The Impact of COVID-19 on Science Education

By Niu Gao, Kathy DiRanna, Maria T. Chang Fay

COVID-19 school shutdowns were especially disruptive for science education, which has long been a lower priority than math and English language arts. But as California schools recover from the pandemic, state policymakers can take steps to promote equitable investments in science literacy.

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Health Risks Persist for Older Farmworkers as COVID Lingers

By Paulette Cha

The aging of California’s farmworker population means greater health care needs, especially as the pandemic continues. Low-income farmworkers who are undocumented immigrants may lack access to essential services.

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California’s Housing Divide

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Hans Johnson, Julien Lafortune

African Americans and Latinos have been especially affected by the state’s housing affordability crisis, and the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on households of color threatens to widen disparities in homeownership.

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Video: Californians and Education

By Vicki Hsieh

PPIC’s Rachel Lawler and Dean Bonner discuss key takeaways from our latest statewide survey, which examines Californians’ views on public K–12 education, school funding, and more.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education

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

More than four in ten parents say their children have fallen behind academically during the pandemic. While most Californians approve of the way Governor Newsom is handling public K–12 education, many believe its quality has declined over the past few years.

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