In The California Report Card Version 1.0, participants assign grades to the State of California on timely issues: Healthcare, Education, Marriage Equality, Immigrant Rights, and Marijuana Decriminalization.

Take a few minutes to assign grades to the State of California on timely issues.


To learn more about the issues being graded in The California Report Card Version 1.0, please visit the resources below.

1. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)

  1. State Marketplace Profiles: California. The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation. November 26, 2013.

  2. Tracking Affordable Care Act implementation in California (Version 4). California Healthcare Foundation. October 2013.

  3. California Healthcare Reform. California Department of Managed Healthcare. 2013.

2. Quality of K-12 public education

  1. New High Risk Issue: Providing a High Quality and Affordable Public Education Presents Significant Challenges. The California State Auditor. Dec. 2013.

  2. The Common Core Meets State Policy: This Changes Almost Everything. Mike Kirst. Policy Analysis for California Education. March 2013.

  3. Reforming the K-12 Education System. Children Now. 2013.

3. Affordability of state colleges and universities

  1. Affordability as a Barrier to Access and Success at California’s Public Colleges and Universities. Testimony of Debbie Cochrane, Research Director before the California Assembly Higher Education Committee Oversight Hearing. The Institute for College Access & Success. October 7, 2013.

  2. The Cost of California’s Public Universities. Matthew Green. KQED News. July 18, 2012.

  3. Student Debt and the Value of a College Degree. Hans Johnson, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, David Ezekiel, Betsey Zeiger. Public Policy Institute of California. June 2013.

4. Access to state services for undocumented immigrants

  1. Programs Available to Immigrants in California. National Immigration Law Center. 2013.

  2. Gov. Brown signs new law, allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain California driver’s licenses. Leslie Berestein Rojas. Southern California Public Radio. Oct. 3, 2013.

  3. Undocumented and Uninsured: Affordable Care for Immigrant Populations. Steven Wallace, Jacqueline Torres, Tabashir Nobari, Nadereh Pourat. UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. August 2013.

5. Laws and regulations regarding recreational marijuana

  1. Medical Marijuana Program. California Department of Health. 2014.

  2. ACLU Announces Blue Ribbon Panel Led By Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to Study Marijuana Legalization in California. American Civil Liberties Union. October 17, 2013.

  3. California Lawmakers Consider Pot Regulations. Peter Hecht. The Sacramento Bee. April 28, 2013.

6. Marriage rights for same-sex partners

  1. Proposition 8 Gay Marriage Hold Lifted By Appeals Court, California Begins Issuing Licenses. Lisa Leff. The Huffington Post. June 28, 2013.

  2. Justices Open Door to Same Sex Marriages in California. USA Today. June 26, 2013.

  3. Frequently Asked Questions: Domestic Partners Registry. California Secretary of State. 2013.