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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:29.2%
8th grade math:27.1%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:27.8%
8th grade reading:28.4%

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July 9, 2013 - Education Week
Gov. Jerry Brown is looking to remake the state’s school funding system, against a June 15 state budget deadline.
June 4, 2013 - Education Week
After students leave schools of education, and after years of reforms, Calif. institutions often have no way of ascertaining if their programs produced strong teachers.
May 17, 2013 - Education Week
Some educators say evidence is lacking on whether new performance assessments are creating better teachers, according to this article from Education Week content partner The Hechinger Report.
May 17, 2013 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is weighing details of an application by nine California districts for a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
The Incubator School marks the latest effort in the Los Angeles Unified district to spark innovation through "pilot" schools.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
Parent groups will be on the ground floor as an elementary school principal vaults to the helm of San Diego's school system.
March 26, 2013 - Education Week
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: February 3, 2016 - Education Week

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