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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:28.5%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:32.1%
8th grade reading:32.2%

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October 28, 2015 – Education Week
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October 28, 2015 – Education Week
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October 28, 2015 – Education Week
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October 14, 2015 – Education Week
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October 7, 2015 – Education Week
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October 7, 2015 – Education Week
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