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Featured Blog Post · December 4, 2023

How Have California School Districts Used the Emergency Connectivity Fund?

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Over the past five years, enrollment has fallen in nearly three-quarters of California school districts.
62% Percentage of California high school students who enroll in college a year after graduation.
More than 1/3 of California’s schoolchildren are either current or former English Learners.
Chronic absenteeism in California’s public K–12 schools nearly tripled from 2018–19 to 2021­–22 but has fallen slightly.
At 47% and 35%, the share of California students meeting state standards in reading and math is the lowest since 2016.
A majority of the nearly 6 million students in California’s public schools are “high need”—low-income, English Learner (EL), homeless, or foster youth.
Schools were a key source of food for low-income families despite closures during the pandemic.