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Governor:Jerry Brown
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Tom Torlakson
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:6,216,977
Number of school districts:1,036
Number of public schools:10,124
Number of public school teachers:260,806
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,300
Percent minority students:73.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:53.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.5%
Percent of English-language learners:28.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:32.6%
8th grade math:27.6%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:26.9%
8th grade reading:29.3%

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California education officials must get involved in fixing a slew of scheduling and class-assignment problems that have unconstitutionally deprived students at a Los Angeles high school of weeks of valuable learning time this fall, a judge ruled Wednesday.
October 9, 2014 - AP
A California law is one of the most aggressive attempts to balance the promise of digital learning technologies with concerns about the privacy of children's sensitive information.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
School district police units around the country have acquired armored vehicles, semiautomatic weapons, and grenade launchers through a controversial program run by the Defense Department.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week

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