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Health Coverage and Care for Undocumented Immigrants: An Update

By Paulette Cha, Shannon McConville

COVID-19 has revealed how gaps in health care coverage among immigrants can put the health of entire communities at risk. This report updates findings on the ways undocumented Californians connect with the health care system to inform policy discussions around providing affordable health insurance for all.

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Immigrants and Health in California

By Paulette Cha

Immigrants and their families have limited health care coverage, even as many face disproportionate health risks, especially during the pandemic.

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Health Care Reform in California

By Shannon McConville

Coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act likely kept many Californians insured in 2020.


Distance Learning Strategies in California Schools

By Niu Gao, Laura Hill, Julien Lafortune

Learning gaps are a growing concern after a year of online instruction. During the pandemic, uneven distribution of resources may have widened gaps and led to learning loss for some students. Our survey outlines how California school districts addressed remote learning and their strategies to improve instruction in the 2020–21 school year.

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Immigrants and Education in California

By Hans Johnson, Cesar Alesi Perez, Marisol Cuellar Mejia

Educational attainment among California’s recent immigrants has risen markedly. Immigrants now make up 31% of California workers with at least a bachelor’s degree. However, immigrants also comprise an outsized share of workers with little formal education.


Surveying the Landscape of California’s English Learner Reclassification Policy

By Laura Hill, Andrew Lee, Joseph Hayes

Measuring the progress of English Learners grew more complex after California schools switched to online learning, as some tools to assess students became unavailable. This report shares results from our survey of district policies and offers recommendations for standardizing reclassification criteria.


Assessing Teen Well-Being and Mental Health after the Medi-Cal Expansion

By Paulette Cha

Through the Medi-Cal expansion, California invested in adult mental health—but did teens also benefit? This report examines trends in adolescent mental health and maltreatment, and investigates disparities around race and immigration status. These topics weigh heavily as the strain of the pandemic on home life raises concerns over teen well-being.


California’s Future: Criminal Justice

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated California’s recent efforts to reduce incarceration. Along with widespread protest after the killing of George Floyd, the pandemic has intensified discussions about policing reforms.


California’s Future: Safety Net

By Caroline Danielson, Shannon McConville, Paulette Cha

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of California’s safety net, which helps millions of low-income adults and children meet basic needs. It has also highlighted disparities in health and economic well-being across racial/ethnic groups.


California’s Future: Economy

By Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

California’s economy has been hit hard by COVID-19. Between February and May 2020, the state lost more than 3 million jobs, largely erasing gains from a decade of continuous growth. The economic consequences have been severe but also unevenly distributed, exacerbating economic inequality.

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