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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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To satisfy the state's K-12 database requirements and a brand-new system for education finance, officials are asking many schools for information on each individual student.
October 1, 2013 - Education Week
In a question-and-answer session with Education Week, Mark Hovatter, the architect of the groundbreaking agreement, addresses issues related to the $30 million deal.
September 30, 2013 - Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan threatens to sanction the state if it follows through on a proposal to suspend most accountability testing for one year and rely on common-core-aligned field tests instead.
September 10, 2013 | Updated: September 18, 2013 - Education Week
A new law will allow candidates to spend as much as two years learning how to be teachers—time that many teacher-educators say is needed to cover instructional strategies.
September 6, 2013 - Education Week
Two leaders of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools reflect on the lessons they have learned about school turnarounds.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
An unprecedented group waiver for eight districts redefines the federal role in school accountability—and has some saying it goes too far.
August 16, 2013 | Updated: August 27, 2013 - Education Week
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
Gov. Jerry Brown is looking to remake the state’s school funding system, against a June 15 state budget deadline.
June 4, 2013 - Education Week
After students leave schools of education, and after years of reforms, Calif. institutions often have no way of ascertaining if their programs produced strong teachers.
May 17, 2013 - Education Week
Some educators say evidence is lacking on whether new performance assessments are creating better teachers, according to this article from Education Week content partner The Hechinger Report.
May 17, 2013 - Education Week

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