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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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The largest of the common-core adoption states is poised to approve 25 of the 29 materials submitted by publishers.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
The closely watched California district recently launched a "myPD" platform to help teachers select their own training paths.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
A pilot professional-development program funded by the National Science Foundation introduces elementary school teachers to a method of advanced problem-solving.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
The social media giant is bringing its engineering talents to the K-12 arena by teaming up with the Summit Public Schools on a personalized learning system.
September 16, 2015 – Education Week
The conflict between some teachers and the management of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools highlights tensions as charter schools mature.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
James Ryan, the district’s chief for STEM learning, discusses San Francisco’s new initiative to teach computer science in every grade.
August 5, 2015 – Education Week
Thousands of low-income California students flood to the schools to fulfill academic credits they need to graduate from high school, but no one is keeping track of what happens to them, an analysis by the Hechinger Report finds.
July 22, 2015 – Education Week
As medical advancements improve the life expectancy for children with life-threatening illnesses, the education programs available to these students are not keeping up, writes Meghaan Ferreira.
June 26, 2015 – Education Week
Jessica B. Heppen, a managing researcher for the American Institutes for Research, conducted a study of the LAUSD's massive, and deeply troubled, ed-tech effort.
June 11, 2015 – Education Week
Districts across the state are grappling with effects of the drought, but especially in the Central Valley, where dry wells, dust days, and declining enrollment are hitting hard.
June 10, 2015 – Education Week

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