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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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The National Center for Education Statistics is rechecking data on about 5,000 high schools after faulty information from the federal agency led to erroneous rankings for the high schools on U.S. News & World Report's "Best High Schools" list.
May 16, 2012 - Education Week
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

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