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Policy Brief: California School Districts and the Emergency Connectivity Fund

By Joseph Hayes, Niu Gao, Chansonette Buck

How well did federal pandemic funding improve digital access for historically underserved K–12 students and their families? Districts focused on building connectivity—rather than purchasing devices—but more work is needed to narrow the digital divide.

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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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The Future of Higher Education Enrollment in California

By Hans Johnson, Cesar Alesi Perez

College enrollment and completion have long trended upward in California, but enrollment declined during the pandemic. What might the state’s colleges and universities expect in the future? While California’s population is expected to grow very slowly, rising rates of college readiness among high school graduates will drive increases in enrollment over the next decade.

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California’s LGBTQ+ Population

By Hans Johnson

The share of California adults who identify as LGBTQ+—nearly one in ten—is greater than that in any other highly populated state. California's LGBTQ+ community includes a range of identities and reflects our state's considerable racial and ethnic diversity.

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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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