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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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Regulations putting California's overhauled school-funding formula into effect seek to strike a state-local balance on how the money is spent.
January 14, 2014 | Updated: January 21, 2014 - Education Week
Charter schools in the Golden State and elsewhere have increasingly become associated with something basic yet elusive: money.
January 3, 2014 - Education Week
Through an unusual partnership between a school district and an educational-management group, a charter school helps reconnect home-schooling families to local public schools.
December 30, 2013 - Education Week
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
Retired California legislator Gloria Romero explains her reasons for advocating the sharply debated tool for overhauling struggling schools.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
New worries have surfaced about the Los Angeles district's ambitious plan to distribute iPads to thousands of students, this time focused on a digital curriculum from Pearson that is being rolled out despite being incomplete.
October 25, 2013 - Education Week
Deasy declined to discuss his intentions, saying that he has not submitted a letter of resignation and that he would have more to say after his upcoming job evaluation.
October 25, 2013 - Education Week
A charter school created under California's law enabling parents to initiate an overhaul must show progress in a still-wary community.
October 15, 2013 - Education Week
Schools leaders in Adelanto, Calif., look for ways to revive low-performing schools after a bruising charter fight under the state's parent-trigger law.
October 15, 2013 - Education Week

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