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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 state schools chief has assigned an expert team to boost the achievement of the state's 1 million English-language learners.
January 31, 2012 - Education Week
December 5, 2011 - Education Week
The state's budget crisis means schools face the prospect of layoffs, cutbacks in the school week, and other consequences.
December 5, 2011 - Education Week
New challenges continue to confront district and union leaders as they push forward with their pact to bolster the teaching corps.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week
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November 15, 2011 - Education Week
A new study pits the common-core standards against those of California, Massachusetts, Texas, the International Baccalaureate, and a college-based set.
October 26, 2011 - Education Week
Under pressure from state and federal education departments, the nation's two largest school systems announced plans this month to dramatically improve services for hundreds of thousands of English-language learners.
October 25, 2011 - Education Week
The Los Angeles Unified School District agrees to changes involving English-learners and African-American students.
October 18, 2011 - Education Week
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