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Statewide Survey: Californians and Education

PPIC’s April survey explores Californians’ opinions of the quality of K–12 public education, school funding and resources, and state officials’ handling of the education system. The survey also examines sentiments around the pandemic's impact on academic performance and well-being and probes attitudes about policies that allow school boards to ban books and decide curriculum. PPIC survey analyst Deja Thomas will present findings and discuss key takeaways from the survey with associate survey director Dean Bonner.

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California’s Care Workforce

By Shannon McConville, Daniel Payares-Montoya, Sarah Bohn

State master plans on the aging population and early learning and care have prioritized workforce expansion and career pathways for care workers who provide key services to young children, older residents, and people with disabilities. A new report outlines current realities and highlights challenges and opportunities in growing this critical workforce.

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Policy Brief: California’s Care Workforce

By Shannon McConville, Daniel Payares-Montoya, Sarah Bohn, Mary Severance

Demand for caregiving services is growing as California’s population ages and as the state invests in early childhood care and learning. There are many workforce challenges—including low pay and limited opportunities for advancement. Efforts in several key areas could improve prospects for care workers and help California meet its caregiving needs.

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Why Have US and California Jobs Numbers Diverged?

By Sarah Bohn, Jenny Duan, Marisol Cuellar Mejia

Though unemployment statewide remains low by historical standards, California's recent job growth has been notably slower than growth in the nation as whole. A look at the state's major employment sectors helps explain why.

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How Business and Government Might Solve the Freshwater Crisis—Together

By Sarah Bardeen

Does the public sector need the private sector’s help to address the freshwater crisis? That’s the thesis of Stanford law and environmental social sciences professor Barton “Buzz” Thompson’s provocative new book. We sat down with him to hear more.

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