Formerly incarcerated scholar and Soros Fellow Danny Murillo asks, what role do formerly incarcerated students play in challenging the stigma of incarceration, advocating for policy change and seeking social justice? Through the development of a statewide network, he seeks to amplify their voices to advocate and implement an equitable system of higher education for all.
Renewing Communities is dedicated to ensuring that currently and formerly incarcerated students are welcomed into and effectively served by our state's public higher education system, now and into the future. The initiative is based on two years of research and human-centered design, and will run from 2016 through the end of 2019.
Faced with high proportions of students needing remedial math courses in college, education systems across the country are prioritizing the goal of improving college readiness. Approaches include both strengthening K12 instruction and better aligning K12 and postsecondary expectations.
Improving college readiness in math is a priority for education systems nationally. In California, about three-quarters of community college students are placed into remedial math courses, and about a third of students bound for the California State University system are not considered proficient in math upon finishing high school.
A recent California State University study reported a staggering statistic: 1 in 10 of its students is homeless, meaning these students lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and 1 in 4 has experienced food insecurity during their time at school.
Governor Brown recently signed a $171 billion budget for 2016-2017 that makes substantial investments in California’s children and education system. Learn more about the major investments from early childhood to early career, how they’ll impact each area, and where additional efforts are needed.
The Opportunity Institute is proud to announce that our Dr. Lande Ajose has been appointed by the Governor to the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. The prize rewards community colleges for programs that increase degree attainment, transfer rates, and time-to-degree in meaningful and creative ways.
On June 14, 2016, organizations from across the national education community participated in a live online conversation to explore the implications for equity and the role of stakeholders in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Recent research on college remediation has revealed the limitations of traditional placement tests and practices for accurately measuring the capacity of students in mathematics. Some higher education institutions are developing new assessment policies Join host and OI Fellow Pamela Burdman for a live webinar to explore the research and implementation efforts.
Since the Governor released his revised budget on May 13, the early childhood community has redoubled its efforts to convince the administration and legislators that the budget process is not the appropriate one to make sweeping changes to the early care and education system in California.
This report documents mistakes, incompetence, and malfeasance in our criminal justice system. Not only are these systemic errors expensive—costing taxpayers an estimated $282 million adjusted for inflation—they also have serious and lifelong consequences on the people subject to these flawed prosecutions.
In 2012 California Competes called for the state to articulate specific degree attainment goals to advance our regional economies and local communities. In this new report, Mind the Gap: Delivering on California’s Promise for Higher Education, California Competes finds that the state now faces a degree attainment gap of 2.4 million by 2025.
The importance of quality in early childhood programs cannot be overemphasized. High-quality early care and education programs offer the tools to close the achievement gap, or better still, prevent it before it even appears.
The Opportunity Institute, on behalf of the Renewing Communities Initiative, is accepting applications for higher education programs targeting currently and formerly incarcerated students in California. This Request for Proposals (RFP) will fund prison-based, jail-based, and community-based college programs for criminal justice-involved students.
Changes in employment practices have increased the number of hourly and part-time workers, many of whom have little control over their schedules. This fact sheet outlines the difficulties they face, and efforts in San Francisco to find solutions.
Voluntary home visiting programs provide critical support to vulnerable children and families in the hopes of setting young children off on a brighter future. This report provides county-by-county data on the availability of voluntary home visiting programs in California, as well as several estimates of the need for these programs.
The brains of infants and toddlers develop at an incredible rate, forming the foundation for lifelong learning and health. The stimulation that children receive in these early years powerfully influence not only their academic and material success, but also – critically – their physical and mental health as well.
Access to affordable child care helps families achieve economic security, offers children stability and the opportunity to thrive, and strengthens California’s economy overall. This brief highlights key pieces of research that describe California’s child care system, and reviews proposed policy changes to improve it.
Degrees of Freedom finds that California has not been adequately providing effective college opportunities for criminal justice-involved students, despite the fact that such access will help California build safer and more economically viable communities. The study is a joint project of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center at Stanford Law School and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law.
Economic and labor force changes since the Great Recession of 2007 have changed the way many American workers support themselves and their families. This issue brief highlights some of the research on unstable work schedules, and describes the provisions of legislation in San Francisco that seeks to increase predictable scheduling among certain workers.
Voluntary home visiting programs are a powerful tool to improve outcomes for at-risk children and families. Families enrolled in home visiting programs are visited by trained professionals on a regular basis who provide practical tips and information – as well as emotional support – on a range of issues.
Approximately 5 million Californians lack paid sick days protection. When, inevitably, they become ill, they can either go to work while ill, or they can stay home and lose out on a day’s pay. Sometimes, the decision to stay home can cost them their jobs. And if these workers are parents or family caregivers, the choices are harder still.
California was the first state in the nation to enact legislation in response to the Affordable Care Act. This report suggests that California can take advantage of ACA implementation as a means toward increasing access to health coverage and vital benefits while also fostering work support programs and improving the statewide economy.
California will face serious economic challenges and struggle to maintain its prosperity as a state if it fails to address mushrooming childhood poverty. Prosperity Threatened, our analysis of the latest Census Bureau data found that childhood poverty is endemic among California’s fastest-growing demographic segment – Hispanics – with nearly one in three Hispanic children in California living at or below the poverty line.
American children coming of age today will work in a global, technologically advanced economy, competing with peers in India, China and other countries. This report details the progress China and India are making in expanding their labor forces to play a bigger role in the global economy and the urgent implications of these policies for U.S. competitiveness.