The CRC allows visitors to grade issues facing California. Press the buttons to assign grades to these 6 issues facing California (click the skip button for issues where you don't want to assign a grade.) Q:
How can I learn more about the six issues we are grading? A:
Here is an overview of each issue:
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare')
California was the first state to pass legislation creating a health insurance marketplace--Covered California. As of Dec 2013, Covered California had over 630,000 enrollees.
Quality of K-12 public education
California recently adopted the \"common core\" challenges, which emphasize critical thinking and analysis in K-12 education to better prepare students for college and the workforce.
Affordability of state colleges and universities
The 2014-15 draft California budget calls for a 10.8% increase in higher education funding, which could keep current tuition costs stable.
Access to state services for undocumented immigrants
Passed in 2006, California Senate Bill 1569 extends eligibility for undocumented immigrants in California for food assistance, supplemental security income, and health insurance. Passed in 2011, The California Dream Act grants undocumented immigrant access to state aid at public universities and colleges.
Laws and regulations regarding recreational marijuana
California was the first state to legalize the distribution of medical marijuana in 1996. Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in the State of California. However, California lawmakers are currently considering legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for recreational use.
Marriage rights for same-sex partners
California legalized same sex marriage in 2008. However, Proposition 8, which revoked marriage rights for same sex couples, was also passed in 2008. Proposition 8 was overturned in 2013.
More information on the issues is available on our project website.
Do I have to grade all issues? A:
No, just click the skip button for issues where you don't want to assign a grade.
Why do the sliders require dragging? If I tap on A, it should go there. A:
We decided to remove the tap feature since as you slide down to see more issues you may accidentally tap the sliders.
How can I grade K-12 Education when there are so many aspects, the effectiveness of the teachers, or the quality of school facilities, etc.? A:
That's a great point; we're asking people to give an overall grade, which is indeed a coarse measure! But it's also like grading a student for a class, they may have done well on some things, poorly on others, etc...