Menlo Park City School District Rebuts Rumors With OpenGov
Menlo Park City School District used OpenGov to visualize rising costs per student and successfully make the case for additional funding.
Sheikholeslami believes the Menlo Park City School District missed some key trends. First, as citizens increasingly expect the ability to find things on their own, there was no way for citizens to gain a contextual narrative around the data unless they attended a board meeting. Second, the district was not prepared to counter the spread of misinformation on social media and online blogs.
In short, the district had not accounted for how the world changed since the previous parcel measure passed in 2010. Although both measures earned a majority of voters, online misinformation empowered a vocal minority of residents to oppose the tax, preventing the district from obtaining the two-thirds approval necessary for passage.