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Factors and Future Projections for K–12 Declining Enrollment

Over the past five years, enrollment has fallen in nearly three-quarters of California school districts, a trend that is expected to continue into the next decade. In a presentation of a new report, PPIC researchers Julien Lafortune and Emmanuel Prunty will outline the regions and groups affected most by enrollment declines and discuss the fiscal impacts and policy implications for the state’s TK–12 system.

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Assessing Transitional Kindergarten’s Impact on Elementary School Trajectories

California’s Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program provides an early year of schooling within the K–12 system. Launched a decade ago with limited eligibility, TK will soon be open to all four-year-olds. Taking stock of the program’s impact so far—especially among multilingual and special education students—can help TK expansion succeed. PPIC researchers Julien Lafortune and Laura Hill will discuss a new report that examines TK’s impact through grade five.

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Tracking Progress in Community College Access and Success

Three years after a landmark reform broadened access to transfer-level math and English courses for community college students, have outcomes improved? PPIC researcher Cesar Alesi Perez will present findings from a new report, discussing both the significant progress to date and essential areas of future reform.

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Examining the Reach of Targeted School Funding

Under California’s ten-year-old funding formula, districts with higher shares of high-need students receive added dollars on top of base funding. Join PPIC research fellow Julien Lafortune for a presentation on a new report that looks at how these added dollars impact student outcomes, how districts spend these funds, and whether dollars are fully directed to the students and schools that generate them.

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Improving College Access and Success through Dual Enrollment

At one time, mainly high-achieving high school students took college courses through dual enrollment, but access has widened under the College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) program. PPIC researchers Daniel Payares-Montoya and Iwunze Ugo will present findings from a report that outlines how CCAP students are benefiting from the dual enrollment program as well as areas where CCAP can be improved.

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Funding Education in California

Ten years ago, California implemented a new funding plan for public K–12 education. The goal of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was to improve student outcomes and increase equity by providing more resources to districts with larger populations of low-income students, English language learners, and foster youth. How has this funding approach served our students? Following a brief presentation by PPIC research fellow Julien Lafortune, PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye will moderate a conversation with a panel of experts, including Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of public instruction; Josh Hoover, assemblymember; and Ben Chida, chief deputy cabinet secretary, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom.

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Bridging California’s Digital Divide

The pandemic highlighted longstanding gaps in reliable internet access and spurred unprecedented investments in broadband. What are the barriers to digital access across California’s diverse communities? How can we leverage recent funding to overcome obstacles and ensure digital equity? Join us for a multi-day conference about these critical issues.

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District Spending of One-Time Funds for Educational Recovery

To address COVID-19 disruptions to education, federal and state programs directed billions in stimulus aid to K–12 schools, targeting greater funding to lower-income and high-need districts. PPIC researcher Julien Lafortune will present findings from a report that examines California’s funding allocations and key areas of district spending; coauthor Bruce Fuller, a professor of education and public policy at UC Berkeley, will lead a panel discussion on district strategies for learning recovery.

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Achieving Universal Broadband in California

In 2021, California invested over $6 billion to expand broadband infrastructure, address affordability, and promote digital literacy. PPIC researchers Amy Gong Liu and Darriya Starr will present findings from a new report that examines barriers to installing broadband in underserved communities and will offer recommendations as the state aims to close the digital divide.

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Women in California’s Legislature

This year’s legislative class includes the largest number of women in state history. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we invite you to join PPIC’s president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye and a panel of women leaders from California’s legislature as they share their experiences and discuss the dynamics of diversity in setting better policy for the state.

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