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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 Los Angeles Unified School District agrees to changes involving English-learners and African-American students.
October 18, 2011 - Education Week
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October 17, 2011 - Digital Directions
Contrary to popular opinion, senior teachers can support new teachers and evaluate them well, Julia Koppich and Daniel Humphrey write.
October 10, 2011 - Education Week
California will need billions in federal aid to overhaul teacher evaluations and adopt new learning standards before it can qualify for a waiver from No Child Left Behind student achievement rules, according to state Superintendent Tom Torlakson.
September 27, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
Los Angeles Unified teachers will offer lessons that promote positive images of gay individuals and their contributions to the nation as part of an anti-bullying program approved by the school board.
September 15, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
The Los Angeles Unified School District has bought out the contract of its chief academic officer, a key appointee who worked closely with former Supt. Ramon C. Cortines, but who quickly fell out of favor with his successor, John Deasy.
August 29, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
The former Orange County high school student pleaded guilty to two felony counts of commercial burglary and one felony count each of altering public records, among other charges, court records show.
August 29, 2011 - Education Week
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday rolled out a plan for overhauling the state's public school system, ranked among the nation's lowest in academic achievement.
August 10, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
The state, once celebrated nationally for its three-tiered system of public colleges, has lost status as a leader in affordability, preparation of high school graduates, and investment in higher education.
July 22, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
State officials have OK'd eliminating seven more days if a $1.5 billion cut needs to be made to schools at midyear. Any employee furloughs, however, would have to be negotiated with local unions.
July 13, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune

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