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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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Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career, with data showing that enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have been declining.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
A California law is one of the most aggressive attempts to balance the promise of digital learning technologies with concerns about the privacy of children's sensitive information.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
School district police units around the country have acquired armored vehicles, semiautomatic weapons, and grenade launchers through a controversial program run by the Defense Department.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
Middle school English teacher Carl Finer says the controversial California court decision on teacher tenure can be seen as a lever to improve conditions for teaching and learning.
September 3, 2014 - Teacher
Many districts, including Los Angeles Unified, are not on board with a national push to end social promotion, and instead use mastery of material to determine whether students should move to the next grade.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
Despite frustrations, the state's new school funding structure is winning praise for providing more money and spending autonomy for schools serving needy students.
August 8, 2014 - Education Week
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent $120 million gift to San Francisco Bay Area public schools is no panacea—just ask Newark, writes Frederick M. Hess.
July 16, 2014 - Education Week
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
The decision by a California judge declaring unconstitutional key aspects of teacher tenure and due-process protections has made waves, but the implications in that state and beyond remain unclear.
July 7, 2014 - Education Week
From California to Maryland, schools are preparing for an unprecedented increase in the flow of Central American children and youths streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border and arriving alone.
June 27, 2014 - Education Week

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