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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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Five years after a blue-ribbon group urged major changes, fundamental problems remain, a follow-up report contends.
May 15, 2012 - Education Week
The state board approves a waiver request that departs from the Education Department’s model.
May 15, 2012 - Education Week
Teachers who were removed from the California elementary school where two teachers were arrested for lewd conduct protested the district's actions and called for reinstatement.
May 4, 2012 - McClatchy-Tribune
But they face intense competition for initial financial backing and pressures to design business models that will make them sustainable.
April 24, 2012 | Updated: August 29, 2012 - Education Week
The new position may be the first in the country dedicated solely to building and overseeing a district’s social-media efforts, observers said.
April 17, 2012 - Education Week
Growing numbers of schools are offering dual-language classes, where teachers split instruction between English and a second language.
March 23, 2012 | Updated: September 11, 2012 - Education Week
Writing with teacher Mary Jewell, students of undocumented immigration status share their hopes and fears about the future.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
Proponents and critics of the citizen-led efforts split on how profound an impact they're likely to have on public schools.
February 7, 2012 - Education Week
Educators and preschool advocates urge state lawmakers to reject eliminating the new program as a budget move.
February 7, 2012 - Education Week
Districts fear future transportation funding cuts could hurt school choice and desegregation efforts.
February 6, 2012 - Education Week

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