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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 proposed law that would require all California high school students take an ethnic studies course is on hold for this year after the draft curriculum prompted weeks of escalating controversy from diverse groups whose members said they were misrepresented or excluded.
August 23, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
The Los Angeles Unified School District, which educates about 64,500 students with disabilities, will regain full control over programs that serve their special needs, after decades of costly court-ordered outside supervision, officials announced this week.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
A school district in Southern California condemned a video of high-schoolers giving Nazi salutes and singing a Nazi song after it became public Monday.
August 20, 2019 – AP
The draft of the ethnic studies curriculum is meant to be used as a guide for educators to develop their own school programs. But the proposed draft came came under fire from some groups who argue it is a left-wing tool meant to indoctrinate teens.
August 14, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
The Inspire network of 12 home charter schools is quickly spreading its reach across California as some are calling into question its educational, organizational, and financial practices.
August 12, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
A school district in one of California's wealthiest and politically liberal counties has agreed to desegregate a flailing school that state officials found had been intentionally created for low-income minority children and then starved of resources.
August 9, 2019 – AP

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