Knowledge, it’s been said, is power. The more you learn about something that affects you, the more you can influence that something.
It’s especially true in politics, whose insiders joust constantly among themselves and with outsiders, including the media and the voting public, over access to information.
One of California’s more important arenas of info-war is public education.
We Californians spend at least $100 billion in taxpayer money each year on educating 6 million elementary and secondary students, and several million more in community colleges, state universities and the University of California.
However, information on how well those millions of mostly young Californians are being educated is at best scattered among several non-integrated data systems and at worst not available anywhere.View Article