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Fact Cards

Enrollment in California’s public K–12 schools fell nearly 3% in 2020–21 and another 2% in 2021–22.
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.
Over 35% 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.
California ranks near the bottom 50 states for share of high school graduates who directly enroll in four-year college