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Governor:Jerry Brown
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Tom Torlakson
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:6,236,018
Number of school districts:1,027
Number of public schools:10,276
Number of public school teachers:259,506
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,220
Percent minority students:74.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.0%
Percent of English-language learners:22.7%
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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Even though it's a state under Democratic control, California's education policies do not fall in line with those of the Obama administration, writes Charles Taylor Kerchner.
February 26, 2014 – Education Week
The plaintiffs in Vergara v. California say it's too difficult to get rid of "grossly ineffective" teachers, but state officials and teachers' unions counter that the protections don’t block dismissals.
February 5, 2014 – Education Week
February 5, 2014 – Education Week
A new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity faces a recall effort.
January 22, 2014 – Education Week
Regulations putting California's overhauled school-funding formula into effect seek to strike a state-local balance on how the money is spent.
January 15, 2014 | Updated: May 1, 2016 – Education Week
Charter schools in the Golden State and elsewhere have increasingly become associated with something basic yet elusive: money.
January 3, 2014 – Education Week
Through an unusual partnership between a school district and an educational-management group, a charter school helps reconnect home-schooling families to local public schools.
January 8, 2014 – Education Week
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

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