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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 California Charter Schools Association wants to shut down 10 charters falling short of its academic benchmarks.
August 17, 2012 - Education Week
Parents seeking to overhaul a California elementary school court outside groups to help after recent legal victory.
August 7, 2012 - Education Week
'Won’t Back Down,' due out next month, takes a fictional look at a controversial parent-driven school overhaul tactic.
August 7, 2012 - Education Week
California school districts shy away from budget commitments that hinge on passage of a tax hike in November.
July 16, 2012 - Education Week
A long-planned move to tougher high school graduation requirements is proving to be a challenge in Los Angeles.
June 12, 2012 - Education Week
In the past two years, a trio of lawsuits have targeted rules governing teacher evaluation, seniority, or due process.
June 5, 2012 - Education Week