About StateoftheState.com -- A Real Life Civics Education Project
StateoftheState.com and StateoftheCity.com are real life civics ed projects with the goal of helping high school students learn about State and Local government. Students are sent to their Governor's StateoftheState event and/or their Mayor's StateoftheCity event to attend and report.
The students' reports are posted at the StateoftheState.com and StateoftheCity.com alongside the Governor's StateoftheState speech and/or the Mayor's StateoftheCity speech.
The projects have had two years of testing.
In the first year, 2011, two students from San Francisco were sent to Governor Jerry Brown's StateoftheState in Sacramento.
In 2012, a student from Sacramento attended and reported the StateoftheState event.
StateoftheCity.com tested in 2012.
The original idea was to send a student from each of California's top ten Cities (by population) to their Mayor's StateoftheCity event.
The idea gained support and momentum.
Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard expanded the project by inviting all high schools in their City.
Then Los Angeles expanded further when LA USD School Board President Monica Garcia invited numerous high schools and numerous students to attend and report at the Los Angeles Mayor's StateoftheCity event.
After successfully testing and proving the projects the past two years, the StateoftheState.com and StateoftheCity.com civics ed projects will continue in 2014, and will expland to include more States and more Cities across the Country.