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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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A California school district and a museum are working together to teach English-learners the language in tandem with science.
March 26, 2013 - Education Week
Legal briefs in a pair of cases to be argued at the Supreme Court raise such issues as schools' treatment of same-sex parents and gay students and the possible impact on curriculum.
March 25, 2013 - Education Week
Advocates push options for parents to demand turnaround of low-performing schools, while critics say the laws could undermine public education.
March 21, 2013 | Updated: June 30, 2015 - Education Week
But education leaders are wrestling with how to put measures in place to allow students to take school-issued digital devices home at the end of each day.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week
Steve Zimmer narrowly defeated newcomer Kate Anderson, who was bankrolled by a cadre of education activists, while Mónica García, their choice for board president, won reelection.
March 7, 2013 - Education Week
A group of California school districts want flexibility under No Child Left Behind waivers now granted only to states.
March 5, 2013 - Education Week
A massive influx of outside cash has turned a local campaign into a national showdown between the teachers' union and deep-pocketed education activists.
February 28, 2013 | Updated: June 30, 2015 - Education Week
February 25, 2013 - Education Week
Several of the nation's largest states showed gains in math and reading over roughly two decades, a new study says, though there's room to improve.
February 21, 2013 - Education Week
Students are teaming up to do quick online research to feed to debaters in real time for honing arguments and articulating rebuttals.
February 19, 2013 - Education Week

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