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Governor:Jerry Brown
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Tom Torlakson
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:6,312,161
Number of school districts:1,182
Number of public schools:10,508
Number of public school teachers:267,685
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,595
Percent minority students:74.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.1%
Percent of English-language learners:22.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:29.2%
8th grade math:27.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:27.8%
8th grade reading:28.4%

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Massive spending to secure a pro-charter majority on one city's school board could embolden proponents of charter schools to do the same in other cities and states.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
Local officials welcome the new money and flexibility the formula has shifted to districts since 2013, but a new study finds it's still a work in progress.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
In Oakland, Calif., some teachers are working to deepen their knowledge on how to integrate social-emotional learning into their teaching of traditional subjects such as reading, writing, and math.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
The man who shot two students and his estranged wife in a special education classroom entered a San Bernardino, Calif., elementary school with approval from office staff, officials said.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
A California program uses Japanese-style lesson study and other teaching techniques to help ELL pupils "talk through" number problems.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
After nearly two decades of restrictions, educators say it will take time for schools to create new programs and hire bilingual teachers.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
Nearly 20 years after voting to restrict bilingual education in a state with more than 1 million schoolchildren who don't speak English as their first language, California voters appear poised to reverse that ban.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week

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