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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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Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 7, 2016 – Quality Counts
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Gifted and honors classes are often dominated by white students from well-off families, but some districts are removing the barriers that keep out low-income students and students of color.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
A recent controversy in California's Fresno Unified district involving Cyber Dust, founded by billionaire Mark Cuban, highlights the new challenges.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
A high-profile lawsuit brought by renowned teacher Rafe Esquith highlights the Los Angeles district's process for investigating teachers accused of misconduct.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
Michael V. Walker's job has a singular purpose: keeping the school system's black male students on a positive academic track.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
A pair of new laws includes a requirement that students learn about affirmative sexual consent, known as "yes means yes."
October 14, 2015 – Education Week
A proposal from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to more than double the number of charters in the city is raising major questions about its viability.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week

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