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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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The media loves stories about wealthy parents keeping their kids off screens. Experts, evidence, and educators from Beverly Hills to Greenwich, Conn. paint a different picture.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Educators in Oakland, Calif., say the yearlong graduation projects are helping students master oral, writing, and research skills that will serve them well for whatever comes next.
February 6, 2019 – Education Week
After campaigning on the expansion of preschool and other early-childhood programs, governors in California, Colorado, and elsewhere are reflecting those priorities in their budget pitches.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
In Los Angeles, striking teachers wanted more nurses, services for immigrants, and green spaces, in addition to better pay. Will unions around the country begin bringing broader social concerns to the bargaining table?
January 25, 2019 – Education Week
Schools doors are open as the citywide teacher strike continues, meaning administrators are the ones left delivering lessons.
January 22, 2019 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
Educational Opportunities and Performance in California
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
Dozens of charter school teachers, in a contract dispute of their own, are now marching alongside more than 30,000 teachers from the district.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week
The strike in the nation's second-largest district is the first major teacher labor action planned for 2019, following a remarkable year of statewide protests and walkouts.
January 16, 2019 – Education Week
Federal education funding is on the rise—but there are disparities in which states are reaping the most benefits.
December 12, 2018 – Education Week

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