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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
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:28.5%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:32.1%
8th grade reading:32.2%

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Across California, school districts are shifting from at-large elections to single-member districts to make it easier for Latinos and other minority communities to elect candidates to local offices.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
In some communities, new designs for schools support the academic goals of educators—and push the boundaries of traditional K-12 architecture.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
A long-running California program teaches parents how to advocate for their children and navigate a sometimes-unfamiliar school system.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
These mini-case studies examine three common struggles for personalized-learning schools: training teachers, differentiating instruction, and letting students work at their own pace.
November 8, 2017 – Education Week
Fewer freshmen are failing at Summit High School, thanks to a program that trains juniors and seniors to mentor younger peers.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week
Free community college is an exciting idea, but it's not enough to get students over the finish line, cautions Kate Schwass.
June 23, 2017 – Education Week
Massive spending to secure a pro-charter majority on one city's school board could embolden proponents of charter schools to do the same in other cities and states.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
Local officials welcome the new money and flexibility the formula has shifted to districts since 2013, but a new study finds it's still a work in progress.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
In Oakland, Calif., some teachers are working to deepen their knowledge on how to integrate social-emotional learning into their teaching of traditional subjects such as reading, writing, and math.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
The man who shot two students and his estranged wife in a special education classroom entered a San Bernardino, Calif., elementary school with approval from office staff, officials said.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week

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