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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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Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations.
February 27, 2015 - AP
Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes, and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.
February 26, 2015 - AP
Some teachers say that blended-learning environments, designed to leverage technology and individualize student instruction, can create new roles for teachers as well.
February 18, 2015 - Teacher
The formal push by four school districts to boost state funding for new standardized tests could muddy rollout of California’s common-core assessments.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
State lawmakers and school district officials are again wrestling with questions about schools' authority to access and monitor students' social-media accounts.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
Much of the attention in the measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements, but less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: teachers and staff members, who in general are not required to be vaccinated.
February 17, 2015 - AP

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