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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
Governor:Jerry Brown
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Tom Torlakson
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:6,312,161
Number of school districts:1,182
Number of public schools:10,508
Number of public school teachers:267,685
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,595
Percent minority students:74.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.1%
Percent of English-language learners:22.3%
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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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
A charter school created under California's law enabling parents to initiate an overhaul must show progress in a still-wary community.
October 16, 2013 – Education Week
Schools leaders in Adelanto, Calif., look for ways to revive low-performing schools after a bruising charter fight under the state's parent-trigger law.
October 16, 2013 – Education Week
Among the most visible recent entrants to the marketplace is this university's Rossier School of Education, which since 2009 has seen more than 3,600 prospective teachers enroll.
October 9, 2013 – Education Week
Administrators of San Francisco's city-run prekindergarten program say it is making a difference for children in the areas of social skills, numeracy, and literacy.
October 9, 2013 – Education Week
To satisfy the state's K-12 database requirements and a brand-new system for education finance, officials are asking many schools for information on each individual student.
October 2, 2013 – Education Week

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