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Oct 28
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Achieving Digital Equity for California’s Students

Upcoming October 28, 2021 · 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The importance of digital connectivity in K–12 education has never been more apparent. Did student access to devices and the internet improve during the pandemic? Did unprecedented investments in broadband help close equity gaps in digital access? PPIC researcher Joseph Hayes will outline key findings from a new report, and a panel of experts will discuss how local, state, and national stakeholders can continue working together on this vital issue.

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Fact Cards

41 California’s rank among states for share of high school graduates who directly enroll in four-year college.
Enrollment fell nearly 3% in California’s public K–12 schools between 2019–20 and 2020–21.
Nearly 40% of California’s schoolchildren are either current or former English Learners.
Schools were a key source of food for low-income families despite closures during the pandemic.
29% Share of K–12 students who lack reliable internet service at home.
A majority of the 6 million students in California’s public schools are “high need”—low-income, English Learner (EL), or foster youth.