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Dan Walters

Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 57 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. At one point in his career, at age 22, he was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor. He subsequently covered the Capitol for the Sacramento Union and the Sacramento Bee, and he's now an opinion columnist for 

The state watchdog’s findings point to problems with the Employment Development Department and the Financial Information System for California, and it says those are among the factors putting state government at risk.
"Unfortunately, the failings of the bullet train ... are also emblematic of a larger malaise: the erosion of competence in a state government that once prided itself on doing big things well," CalMatters columnist Dan Walters writes.
Collecting more data about student outcomes would — and should — be a precursor to more accountability for everyone involved in education. On this issue, fortunately, Gov. Gavin Newsom deviates from his predecessor.