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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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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
Shifting demographics and economic interests are transforming views on multilingual education around the country.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
In San Francisco, two simple communication strategies are narrowing the achievement gap, write Richard Carranza, Susanna Loeb, and Benjamin York.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
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

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