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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:6,236,018
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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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
In a question-and-answer session with Education Week, Mark Hovatter, the architect of the groundbreaking agreement, addresses issues related to the $30 million deal.
October 2, 2013 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan threatens to sanction the state if it follows through on a proposal to suspend most accountability testing for one year and rely on common-core-aligned field tests instead.
September 18, 2013 | Updated: April 30, 2016 – Education Week
A new law will allow candidates to spend as much as two years learning how to be teachers—time that many teacher-educators say is needed to cover instructional strategies.
September 11, 2013 – Education Week

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