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Shifting School Enrollment Trends across California’s Regions

By Julien Lafortune, Laura Hill

California public school enrollment overall has declined notably over the past decade and is projected to continue decreasing in the coming years. We examine the wide variation in enrollment trends across the state's diverse regions.


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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Policy Brief: The Future of Higher Education Enrollment in California

By Hans Johnson, Cesar Alesi Perez, Mary Severance

Higher education has long been a driver of economic mobility and well-being in California. While college enrollment and completion have long trended upward, the state population fell and higher education enrollment declined during the pandemic. How will California’s colleges and universities fare over the next two decades?

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Who Works from Home?

By Hans Johnson, Sarah Bohn, Eric McGhee

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in remote work. We examine the demographics of remote work in California and how it varies by education, income, age, and race/ethnicity.

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California’s Multilingual Population Is Driving TK–12 Enrollment Declines

By Laura Hill, Julien Lafortune

Amid ongoing overall enrollment declines in California's public school system, the trend for students who speak a language other than English at home is diverging from that for other students. This has significant implications for the funding and programs available to support English Learners.

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A Closer Look at Enrollment Changes in California’s Public Schools

By Julien Lafortune, Laura Hill, Emmanuel Prunty

Public TK–12 enrollment in California fell by almost 15,000 students—about a quarter of a percent—in 2023–24. Although this marks the seventh straight year of declines, the statewide enrollment picture has improved considerably since the first years of the pandemic.

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