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Understanding the Effects of School Funding

Upcoming May 24, 2022 · 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Funding for California’s K–12 public schools has reached record highs, but gaps in student outcomes remain. Understanding the benefits of additional funds and how to distribute those funds are key concerns for policymakers. Join PPIC researcher Julien Lafortune for an in-person briefing on the extent to which higher spending improves outcomes such as test scores and graduation rates.

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Fact Cards

Enrollment fell nearly 3% in California’s public K–12 schools between 2019–20 and 2020–21.
29% Share of K–12 students who lack reliable internet service at home.
41 California’s rank among states for share of high school graduates who directly enroll in four-year college.
A majority of the 6 million students in California’s public schools are “high need”—low-income, English Learner (EL), or foster youth.
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.