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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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February 5, 2014 – Education Week
A new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity faces a recall effort.
January 22, 2014 – Education Week
Regulations putting California's overhauled school-funding formula into effect seek to strike a state-local balance on how the money is spent.
January 15, 2014 | Updated: May 1, 2016 – Education Week
Charter schools in the Golden State and elsewhere have increasingly become associated with something basic yet elusive: money.
January 3, 2014 – Education Week
Through an unusual partnership between a school district and an educational-management group, a charter school helps reconnect home-schooling families to local public schools.
January 8, 2014 – Education Week
November 13, 2013 – Education Week
November 13, 2013 – Education Week
Retired California legislator Gloria Romero explains her reasons for advocating the sharply debated tool for overhauling struggling schools.
November 6, 2013 – Education Week
New worries have surfaced about the Los Angeles district's ambitious plan to distribute iPads to thousands of students, this time focused on a digital curriculum from Pearson that is being rolled out despite being incomplete.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week
Deasy declined to discuss his intentions, saying that he has not submitted a letter of resignation and that he would have more to say after his upcoming job evaluation.
October 25, 2013 – Education Week

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