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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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