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Governor:Gavin Newsom
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Tony Thurmond
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:6,312,161
Number of school districts:1,182
Number of public schools:10,508
Number of public school teachers:267,685
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,595
Percent minority students:74.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:58.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.1%
Percent of English-language learners:22.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:31.2%
8th grade math:29.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:31.1%
8th grade reading:32.2%

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A California couple who for years starved a dozen of their children and kept some shackled to beds were sentenced Friday to life in prison, ending a shocking case that revealed a house of horrors hidden behind a veneer of suburban normalcy.
April 19, 2019 – AP
Count educators as part of the population taking a keen interest in a major U.S. Supreme Court case about whether President Donald Trump's administration properly added a question about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers in some states worry students may face questions on topics they haven't studied on new science tests rolling out across the country.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Gifted education programs can support academically advanced students or, in some cases, hold them back. Four studies presented at the American Educational Research Association meeting show how.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Hundreds of teachers across the Sacramento Unified School District walked out of their classrooms and onto picket lines for the first time in 30 years, staging a one-day strike alleging unfair labor practices by the district.
April 11, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
There are 15 Democratic presidential candidates and counting and many of them are trying to stand out from the pack by appealing to a demographic that's politically energized: Teachers.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Six states and the District of Columbia sued the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, saying it weakened nutritional standards in school breakfasts and lunches when it relaxed the requirements affecting salt and refined grains last year.
April 3, 2019 – AP
States have all had their blueprints approved under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but advocates are withholding judgment on whether those efforts are on the right track.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week

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