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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 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
State Assembly member Tony Thurmond ultimately prevailed over former charter school executive Marshall Tuck in a contest that drew more than $50 million in outside campaign spending.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
When former charter school executive Marshall Tuck called Assemblyman Tony Thurmond to concede over the weekend, it marked another defeat for charter-school advocates in California.
November 28, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
More than half of the 13 elected state superintendent spots are up for grabs this year, even as South Carolina voters weigh making the job an appointed one.
October 10, 2018 – Education Week
Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck differed sharply on issues such as how to improve teacher quality and how to get more money for California's schools.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week
But will reductions in course-failure rates be enough to sustain the controversial San Francisco program?
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Districts in multiple states criticized for being "overzealous" in pursuing felony charges against students who breached school networks in order to change grades.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Two of the largest states are still awaiting approval from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on their plans for putting the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
While mass shootings dominate headlines, smaller incidents of gun violence in school can also traumatize students and staff and upend their sense of safety, as one teacher learned firsthand.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week

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