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Chronic Absenteeism in K–12 Schools Remains Troublingly High

By Emmanuel Prunty, Laura Hill

The rate of chronic absenteeism in California schools declined slightly during the 2022-23 school year but is still double what it was prior to the pandemic. Districts that have conducted student outreach in partnership with community organizations have had promising results in bringing down absenteeism.

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Video: A Conversation with Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas

By Stephanie Barton

Speaker Robert Rivas talks with PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye about his approach to leadership, some key legislative priorities, and how his personal history has shaped his views on public policy.

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What to Watch for in Higher Education in 2024

By Olga Rodriguez, Kevin Cook

With policymakers facing a sizeable state budget deficit, we highlight higher education issues to watch this year, including key opportunities and areas of concern.

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California’s Higher Education System

By Kevin Cook

The nation’s largest public system of higher learning is in California. Nearly 80% of state students attend a public institution, with over half enrolling in community college—making transfer into a four-year college a key path to a bachelor’s degree. Funds to support higher education and financial aid account for about 7% of the state’s budget.

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Video: A Conversation with California’s Public Higher Education Leaders

By Vicki Hsieh

PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye talks with leaders from across the state's higher education systems—UC president Michael V. Drake, CSU chancellor Mildred García, and California Community Colleges executive vice chancellor Aisha Lowe—about their priorities for expanding educational opportunity.

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