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Governor:Jerry Brown
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Tom Torlakson
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:6,236,018
Number of school districts:1,027
Number of public schools:10,276
Number of public school teachers:259,506
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,220
Percent minority students:74.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.0%
Percent of English-language learners:22.7%
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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April 27, 2016 – Education Week
While affirming the constitutionality of California's teacher job-protection laws, the state appeals court decried "deplorable" school-staffing arrangements.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is generating a huge online following of young people through its irreverent use of social networking tools.
April 15, 2016 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court's deadlock in a case over teachers' union fees for non-members was a relief for organized labor, but cases on the issue still percolate in the lower courts.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
Despite his low-tech background, Summit Public Schools' CAO is central to the charter network's move toward customized student learning.
March 28, 2016 – Education Week
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
A pair of efforts has launched calling for the involvement of multiple local agencies to support the success of poor children in school.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Plans to streamline the application process for district and charter schools face parent resistance in some cities.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
Testing issues and states without NCLB waivers are among the topics discussed in some recent the Education Department guidance on transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week

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