If you want to learn more about CA public schools, I encourage you to look at the newly released report called Getting Down To Facts II.
"Getting Down to Facts II encompasses 36 studies by California and national researchers. It examines governing, funding and staffing policies and practices that have strengthened and hindered student success in early education and California’s public schools. Stanford University and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) coordinated the effort. Seven foundations funded the research." -- EdSource.com